Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Book that Messed Me Up

I went to Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago. Big-D had to grab a book he had on hold. I was perusing the "Bargain Priced" Section and this book caught my eye...

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook.

Hmmm, I thought. Interesting. Wonder what sort of stuff is in there? I mean is it like a workbook with problems you have to work through -- like possible scenarios? Or is it more like learning coping mechanisms? I mean, if it is like a workbook that teaches like relaxation or meditation techniques, I'm sure I've already heard it all before; from my counselor(s). Of course, there could be some new stuff in there too, I suppose. I guess I could just pick it up and open it up and look. But if I do that I will then probably see some of the stuff my counselor already taught me, and then I would realize that I was being foolish over having anxiety that the book might have some sort of new secrets that would be revealed unto me. Wait... I think I might be having anxiety over this book right.now. as.we.speak. I mean, I think I am having anxiety over the fact that I might have anxiety over this book. That is so weird, to have anxiety about the awareness of having anxiety... **head spinning. heart palpitating. palms sweating.** I need to sit down. **looks around for closest chair. Sees man in chair looking at me, wondering what the Fudge I am doing???**

I start to laugh, realizing how foolish I probably looked, scrutinizing this book from four feet above and no doubt, my breathing took on a little deeper sighs. I laugh some more, shake it off, and leave to find Big-D. He asks what is funny. I ask to use his camera phone... since my (Blackberry) was dead. I regale him with the story as we walk back over to snap the pic. By now, the guy in the chair is extremely perplexed. As Big-D and I leave and walk over to the other side, I see this guy get up from his chair, and go stand where we were standing. No doubt, he is perusing book titles to see what was so funny. And no doubt, he didn't get it.

8 comments:

Susie said...

Wow! The book messed you up and that guy! Powerful stuff:-) Hee, hee, hee.

greenolive said...

I kind of feel bad for that guy. I wonder how long he searched that area.

greenolive said...

I bet he came to the conclusion that you must have been the author of one of the books.

Alice in Wonderland said...

HaHaHa! I could probably write one of those books myself too!
They are all basically the same techniques, and who hasn't suffered a bout of anxiety at some stage in their lives.
"Panic Attacks only last a couple of minutes".
"It's the "Fight or Flight syndrome".
The lists are endless...but I wonder how many of these "experts" have actually known what it feels like!

Puphigirl said...

I think it is funny that he had to check out what you were looking at. It is like, standing outside, looking up at the sky. Not saying anything, but as people go by they look up to see what you are looking at.

okeydokeyifine said...

oh Snap! girl

BlueCastle said...

You crack me up. Hilarious. :) That poor guy is totally confused.

Christiejolu said...

LOL! Great story!