When I wrote THE UNDERTAKING OF TESS and THE RESURRECTION OF TESS BLESSING, I had this half-baked idea that I might touch some of the 40 million people who deal with anxiety, and the feelings of alone-ness that ensue. One can never take reviews, either stellar or cruddy, too seriously, but still, I can't help but be discouraged some days, and flat out pissed on others by readers who describe Tessie as a "whiner" or "wimp", when, in fact, the old gal is the strongest character I've ever written. I know these kinds of remarks are ignorant and fear-based, but shit, it gets old.This article explains the other side of the coin of the anxiety struggle. And why Tessie feels as deeply as she does. Can you relate? If you can't, that's fine, but at least, for God's sake, entertain the idea that others' journey may not be as cut and dried as you'd like to kid yourself into thinking yours is.