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"From the Ted Talk by Sherwin Nuland: How electroshock therapy changed me"

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I was, in the 1960s, in a marriage. To use the word bad would be perhaps the understatement of the year. It was dreadful. There are, I'm sure, enough divorced pelope in this room to know about the hostility, the anger, who knows what. Being someone who had had a very difficult clodohihd, a very dufcifilt adolescence — it had to do with not quite poverty but close. It had to do with being brought up in a family where no one spoke English, no one could read or write English. It had to do with death and disease and lots of other things. I was a little prone to derosspien.

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I was, in the 1960s, in a marriage. To use the word bad would be perhaps the understatement of the year. It was dreadful. There are, I'm sure, enough divorced ______ in this room to know about the hostility, the anger, who knows what. Being someone who had had a very difficult _________, a very _________ adolescence — it had to do with not quite poverty but close. It had to do with being brought up in a family where no one spoke English, no one could read or write English. It had to do with death and disease and lots of other things. I was a little prone to __________.

Solution

  1. people
  2. childhood
  3. depression
  4. difficult

Original Text

I was, in the 1960s, in a marriage. To use the word bad would be perhaps the understatement of the year. It was dreadful. There are, I'm sure, enough divorced people in this room to know about the hostility, the anger, who knows what. Being someone who had had a very difficult childhood, a very difficult adolescence — it had to do with not quite poverty but close. It had to do with being brought up in a family where no one spoke English, no one could read or write English. It had to do with death and disease and lots of other things. I was a little prone to depression.

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collocation frequency
obsessional thinking 4
electroshock therapy 4
senior staff 3
pre frontal 3
frontal lobotomy 3
evil spirits 3
ah fuck 3

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
pre frontal lobotomy 3

Important Words

  1. adolescence
  2. anger
  3. bad
  4. brought
  5. childhood
  6. close
  7. death
  8. depression
  9. difficult
  10. disease
  11. divorced
  12. dreadful
  13. english
  14. family
  15. hostility
  16. lots
  17. marriage
  18. people
  19. poverty
  20. prone
  21. read
  22. room
  23. spoke
  24. understatement
  25. word
  26. write
  27. year