Are You Crazy?, by Andrew N. Williams.|
Mark Lamendola, author of over 5,000 articles.
Having read and reviewed Williams' previous book,
How Do You Compare?, I was excited to
discover this author had written another self-examination guide. While the
world is just seething with insanity, our natural tendency is to have a
"I'm OK, you are crazy" view of things. Some people are not as crazy as we
think they are, we are not necessarily as sane as we think we are, and
some of the quirks we are embarrassed about are not as whacky as we think.
An honest reader of
Are You Crazy? will get a helpful reality check. For most of us,
reading the text and doing the self-tests will help us affirm that we are
OK after all. Probably for many more of us, this book will help us be more
accepting of other people and their behavior. And for some, this book will
be a lifeline--by identifying that something is wrong after all. Of
course, the value of the tests rests squarely on the honesty of the person
taking them. Those who are in denial probably need more help than this
book can provide. But for most folks, it will prove to be a very good use
of their time.
Are You Crazy? does include some Anglo-Saxon vernacular, which some
folks may find offensive. But for those who "venture outside the
monastery," the language is descriptive and appropriate.
Now, what is in
Are You Crazy?? This book consists of eight chapters. The first
chapter focuses on the reader--with tests on narcissism, negativity, and
shyness. The second chapter focuses on the reader's relationships with
others--with tests on security, jealousy, and manipulative behavior.
The third chapter focuses on eating and drinking
disorders. Interestingly, eating and drinking disorders are "normal" in
the USA (which is why we have an obesity epidemic and a diabetes
epidemic). People without these disorders are actually oddballs! The
drinking disorder part is referring to alcohol only, not to other
beverages. So, for example, if you drink "osteoporosis in a can," this
book won't identify that as crazy behavior--even though it is. Nor does it
go to the very core of the dieting vs. eating right "debate." But it does
touch on that.
The next four chapters delve into darker areas.
These include se*ual peccadilloes, phobias, weird stuff, and really weird
The book closes by wrapping all of this up in
Chapter Eight. Now that you've looked at all of these things, what do they
mean? What is the big picture, and how does it relate to you?
If you want to break out of self-defeating
delusion--what I think of as being perpetually asleep--(you may not even
be aware you are in it) add this book to your collection. The movie "The
Matrix" was a big hit, primarily because it reflected the fact our world
as we perceive it is not at all our world as it is. And that is very
dangerous. I think most people are actually scared of the truth, because
with truth comes responsibility. But no ostrich has ever escaped the
hunter by sticking its head in the sand.
You may have heard the expression, "The truth shall
set you free." If you believe that expression has any validity, then this
book is a must read for you. If, on the other hand, you don't mind sand in
your ears--then you should probably buy this book only as a gift to
A note on style and composition: Form is important,
as it dictates readability. Fortunately, this book actually uses Standard Written English (SWE)--with
only a few grammatical gaffes here and there. In an age where most
"authors" seem oblivious to basic writing, this book stands out as one
where the author actually cares about communicating to the reader. Given
the subject matter, Williams' consideration for the reader is a crucial