8 Depression The Collapsed Self

Perry, a highly successful businessman in his 30s, became morose while home sick with a bad case of the flu. Although he had always seemed a confident person, he now found himself preoccupied with the possible failure of a routine deal. The potential sale was not especially large or difficult and, in fact, was like many he had completed in the past. He could not understand why he was so afraid the contract would not be finalized, but he felt helpless to cease his constant ruminating over the possibility that some last-minute obstacle would prevent the final signing. Although he had concluded many more complex transactions and the outcome of this contractual agreement would not significantly affect his highly successful ...

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