These stories will feature a character living with a psychological barrier that complicates their life.
See also Mental Illness/Depression
Beyond the Bayou | Kate Chopin
An African-American woman, La Folle, was frightened “out of her senses” as a child. As a result, she won’t cross an imaginary line in her area; she has never been beyond the bayou.
Georgy Porgy | Roald Dahl
A celibate and repressed vicar rebuffs the advances of the many spinsters in his parish.
The Good Doctor | Adam Haslett
A psychiatrist makes a long drive to see a patient who’s been getting her prescriptions renewed by phone. He wants to engage her in some talk therapy and better understand her situation.
Christmas Not Just Once a Year | Heinrich Boll
Shortly after WW I, a German family is showing “symptoms of disintegration”. In 1947, when the family’s Christmas tree was being taken down, it fell over, causing Aunt Milla to scream for almost a week. Uncle Franz offers a solution to the problem that causes issues of its own.
Eupompus Gave Splendour to Art by Numbers | Aldous Huxley
Emberlin is an academic, an encyclopedia of irrelevant information. While researching an obscure quotation, he becomes fixated on numbers and counting to the exclusion of everything else.
The Second Tree from the Corner | E. B. White
Mr. Trexler regularly visits a psychiatrist because of dizziness, despondency, and tension among other things.
Pumpkins | Francine Prose
A truck full of pumpkins collides with a car, killing the female driver. The report has an effect on several people in the small town.