Author: Jarl E. Dyrud
Anxiety is our primary topic here. Phobia, one of the many ingenious ways man has found to relieve his feelings of anxiety, will be referred to from time to time in this chapter because anxious people act phobic too when the opportunity presents itself, but usually they do not look that far ahead. True phobics should be categorized with the obsessionals, who can smell anxiety a mile away and take evasive action; so I will leave them properly to be dealt
with in the appropriate other chapters.
Very few psychotherapists have not experienced the reality of feeling anxious themselves. The vast majority of our patients spend a fair amount of their time feeling just that way. Thus, it is not surprising that we have placed
“feeling anxious” at the heart of our psychopathologies and the relief of such feelings as at least one measure of our therapeutic successes.