Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity. . . . I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.
“I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity. Daniel Smith’s anxiety is matched by a wonderful sense of the comic, and it is this which makes Monkey Mind not only a dark, pain-filled book but a hilariously funny one, too. I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” (Oliver Sacks bestselling author of The Mind’s Eye and Musicophilia)
“Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” (Aaron T. Beck, father of cognitive therapy)
“Monkey Mind is fleet, funny, and productively exhausting.” (Ben Greenman The New York Times Book Review)
“Superb writing [and] marvelous humor . . . If you’re chronically anxious and want to better explain to a loved one what you’re going through, hand them Monkey Mind.” (Psychology Today)