Medicine: The Importance of Being Neurotic

By the high-strung standards of modern psychiatry, perfectly "normal" people are fairly rare. One top authority gave the solemn opinion last week that in the whole U.S. there are only about 1,000,000 such folks, i.e., those who have no anxieties, no fears, no strong prejudices, no attractive vices. Everyone else he classifies as being, in great or small degree, on the abnormal side.

But eccentricity or the possession of a gnawing fear is not necessarily a handicap; it may be an asset. Dr. Earl D. Bond, a University of Pennsylvania psychiatry professor, assured a...

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