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neurotic
used in Atlas Shrugged

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Definition
mildly mentally disturbed — usually worrying too much about something; or someone with such symptoms
  • It's a form of neurosis, you know.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (45% in)
  • Resting on the belief that self-mockery is an act of virtue, the shrug was the emotional equivalent of the sentence: You're Robert Stadler, don't act like a high-school neurotic.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (8% in)
  • The man in Roomette 3, Car No. 11, was a sniveling little neurotic who wrote cheap little plays into which, as a social message, he inserted cowardly little obscenities to the effect that all businessmen were scoundrels.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (98% in)
  • Somewhere, he thought, there was this boy's mother, who had trembled with protective concern over his groping steps, while teaching him to walk, who had measured his baby formulas with a jeweler's caution, who had obeyed with a zealot's fervor the latest words of science on his diet and hygiene, protecting his unhardened body from germs-then had sent him to be turned into a tortured neurotic by the men who taught him that he had no mind and must never attempt to think.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (86% in)
  • Your code declares that the rational man must sacrifice himself to the irrational, the independent man to parasites, the honest man to the dishonest, the man of justice to the unjust, the productive man to thieving loafers, the man of integrity to compromising knaves, the man of self-esteem to sniveling neurotics.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (46% in)
  • A psychologist helping a neurotic to solve a problem and untangle a conflict, does it by means of-blank-out.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (61% in)
  • ...all those who pursue a zero as a value: the professor who, unable to think, takes pleasure in crippling the mind of his students, the businessman who, to protect his stagnation, takes pleasure in chaining the ability of competitors, the neurotic who, to defend his self-loathing, takes pleasure in breaking men of self-esteem, the incompetent who takes pleasure in defeating achievement, the mediocrity who takes pleasure in demolishing greatness, the eunuch who takes pleasure in the...
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (67% in)

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