My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am impressed with the life Kat Kinsman has built herself in spite of her anxiety; this comes not from a place of patronizing or condescension, but from the heart of a person who has likewise lived her life in a state similar to Kat’s, though admittedly on the milder end of the spectrum (at least it has been for the last seventeen or so years).
The book is an interesting look at how our genetics, our experiences, and our choices in life shape who we are, as well as how our genetics and our experiences shape our choices.
Her “irrational fears” sections sprinkled throughout hit uncomfortably close to home (to the point of tearing up in several instances), and her descriptions of her fear surrounding her professional and creative life in particular cut me. If you are an anxious person or know someone living with anxiety, this book is a sympathetic, informative (through life experiences and anecdotes), and often funny telling of one woman’s experience. No one person can be emblematic of Anxiety as a whole, but this books seems to have resonated with a lot of us.