Aparna Nancherla - So Much Anxiety

Aparna Nancherla Season 5, Ep 5 09/09/2016 Views: 1,096

Aparna Nancherla talks about all the different kinds of anxiety she suffers from and explains why she thinks people who aren't anxious aren't paying attention. (2:10)


- Yeah I have a lot of anxiety.

I don't know.

I feel like it's weirderto not have anxiety

than to have it

'cause I feel like if you're not scared,

you're not paying attention you know.

Like I feel like if youopen a newspaper today,

skim maybe three headlines.

You're just like seems cool.

It's like what?

Everything is on fire.

Even the newspaper is on fire.

Like what are you so chill about?

And you know sometimes when you tell people

you have anxiety,

they're always like

well you know,

there's nothing to fear but fear itself.

It s like okay have you checkedout some of fear's work?


Like pretty much churning out solid gold hits,

making some great points,

rarely misfires.

And like if you don't have anxiety,

the way I would describe it

is like there's an edgy improv group in your brain.

And it just needs like a one word suggestion.


To spin like countless scenarios

that no one is comfortable with.

And the whole time

you're just like whenwill this show be over?

I just came to be supportive.


None of these thoughts have a future.

And you know, I have all kinds of anxiety.

I have social anxiety

which is ironically one of the most relatable kinds.

It's a little weird.

Sometimes mine will get so bad

I can't even talk to babies

without getting self conscious.

Yeah like the whole time

I'm just like

oh, what if I'm not an interesting shape or color?

You know,

it's like make a fist.

Try to relate.

Take out your keys.

Meet them on their level.

Yeah social interactionis terrifying.

I also hate this one.

I hate when you're goingin for the handshake,

but the other person is going in for the fist bump.

And then you realize you're in front of a mirror

and you don't know who you are anymore.


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