Behavior: Now It's Neurotics Anonymous

Despite the decor—rows of balloons and cupids cut from red paper—the meeting more nearly suggested a religious service than the first annual convention of Neurotics Anonymous. All of the 250 delegates gathered in the ballroom of Los Angeles' Royal Palms Hotel were confessed neurotics. But to most the designation was a source of pride, not humiliation. When a man in his 20s —one of the few young delegates—rose to report that he had found God again through N.A., his announcement was greeted calmly; after all, nearly everyone there could say the same.

"I was hurting at gut level, if you know what...

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