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My top ten fears

Alain de Botton

By Elena Lappin   May 2004

Alain de Botton, 34, is the author of Status Anxiety (Hamish Hamilton)

10 Ugliness. I get very upset by depressing hotel rooms and motorway underpasses. London is very ugly in parts. I’ve carved out a niche, I have my own house, which looks nice enough to me, but I fear being made to live in a horrible place.

9 Safety mechanisms in society breaking down. Take away certain barriers and things can get ugly quite quickly. That’s scary for the future. I’m not predicting anything, it’s just a feeling.

8 Feeling misunderstood. Underlying that is a fear of loneliness.…

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