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What a great show! You whistle along with all the songs and stand up and clap after every one of them. When you applaud the actors at the end of the show you feel that they deserve a standing ovation. You don't know why so many people from your section look annoyed as they get up to leave the theater. The seats were fabulous!

You feel inspired. You could write a musical like that, or even better. As you hit the avenue, you start humming tunes. You could have your first song composed by the time you get home. You step out onto the street, and a car interrupts your reverie, screeching to a halt to avoid hitting you. So what if you're crossing in the middle of the block; pedestrians have the right of way, don't they? You wonder why the driver is so grumpy. It's a great day!




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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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