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I have read almost all Ayn Rand's essays and her two major novels (FH and AS), but I didn't find any where she addressed the issue of existential anxiety and meaninglessness. I have read her notes on psychology in The Journals of Ayn Rand, but I didn't find any discussion there either. How would Objectivism address or explain the thoughts and emotions behind existential anxiety? Thanks!

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What is "existential anxiety"? Why or how is it an "issue"? If it is a form of "malevolent univese" premise, then it is entirely alien to Objectivism, which fundamentally upholds a "benevolent universe" perspective.

(Aug 21 '12 at 10:44) Ideas for Life ♦ Ideas%20for%20Life's gravatar image

Many people suffer from this emotional agony just like depression and panic attack, but more pervasive. It's not a premise or point of view, it's real emotional experience which Existentialism writers have written about extensively. I am curious if anybody knows Ayn Rand or other Objectivism writers have written about it.

(Aug 21 '12 at 11:40) gulee gulee's gravatar image

You can try "The Psychology of Self-Esteem: A Revolutionary Approach to Self-Understanding that Launched a New Era in Modern Psychology". There's stuff in there written about depression and anxiety.

(Aug 21 '12 at 12:46) Humbug Humbug's gravatar image

There's an article titled "Alienation" in Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal which may relate to this. But it might not. I haven't read it lately.

(Aug 22 '12 at 12:16) John Paquette ♦ John%20Paquette's gravatar image
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