Picks and Pans Review: Gifts from Eykis

UPDATED 03/28/1983 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/28/1983 at 01:00 AM EST

by Wayne Dyer

The psychologist author of such vapid self-help books as Your Erroneous Zones and The Sky's the Limit has written something he calls A Novel of Self-Discovery. In the introduction Dyer says that his book is "an example of one exchange encounter between an Earthling and a citizen from Uranus." The narrator goes to Uranus, which, in its external trappings, appears to be mighty like Rhode Island. There he meets a beautiful Uranian television star named Eykis, who gives daily anxiety reports as routinely as weather reports are telecast on earth. "Anxiety sweeps over us quite regularly," she explains. "It attacks in substantial amounts when the winds are right. We broadcast the likelihood of anxiety attacking, and in what amounts, as a public service." Then for the rest of the book she sounds very much like Wayne Dyer spouting platitudes about avoiding anxiety. In an epilogue the narrator goes to Stockholm to get the Nobel Prize, and Eykis materializes on the platform beside him. Not even Jonathan Livingston Seagull was this bird-brained. (Simon & Schuster, $12.95)

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