Behavior: How to Be Fit but Neurotic

He is as healthy as a hound dog. He lifts weights, jogs, does pushups, plays squash on his lunch hour and likes to get out there with the kids and make like Joe Namath. Yet, in his prolonged obsession with physical prowess, the middle-age fitness fanatic may be exceptionally vulnerable to mental illness.

This somewhat unsettling conclusion was reached by Scottish Psychiatrist J. Crawford Little after analyzing the cases of 72 neurotic male patients. Among 44 men who were intensely concerned with their athletic ability, Little reports in the journal A eta Psychiatrica Scandinavica,...

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