Monkey Mind By Daniel Smith Essay example

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In the prelude of this humorous and revealing book Monkey Mind, Daniel Smith first opens with the description of his therapist, a man named Brian that fashions his mustaches and beards depending on the plays that he is involved with. As stated by the author: "It was like getting counseling from General Custer" (p.1), yet he was also the best therapist, Daniel had ever encountered in his series of counseling sessions throughout the years he had to deal with his anxiety. Daniel explains his thoughts and current distress, while describing the walk he undertakes to reach his therapist 's office. In what he qualifies as "eight short steps" (p. 3), he creates a scenario in which his anxiety would lead to prostitution:
"I am anxious. The anxiety makes it impossible to concentrate. Because it is impossible to concentrate, I will make an unforgivable mistake at work. Because I will make an unforgivable mistake at work, I will be fired. Because I will be fired, I will not be able to pay my rent. Because I will not be able to pay my rent, I will be forced to have sex for money in an alley behind Fenway Park. Because I will be forced to have sex for money in an alley behind Fenway Park, I will contact HIV. Because I will contact HIV, I will develop full-blown AIDS. Because I will develop full-blown AIDS, I will die, disgraced and alone." (Pg. 5)
As Daniel ends up distressed and panicked in his therapist 's office under the stressful scenario he created for himself, and after the…

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