Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life

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Penguin, Jan 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 267 pages
43 Reviews
"Allen Shawn is afraid of heights, water, fields, parking lots, tunnels, and unknown roads. He avoids subways, elevators, and bridges. He is afraid of both closed and open spaces and of any form of isolation--yet this is a memoir of enormous bravery. He is the son of New Yorker editor William Shawn and brother to playwright/actor Wallace Shawn. His twin sister is autistic. His father led a double life that introduced strict taboos to his household. Shawn examines these influences, his father's and mother's phobias, and his own struggle with agoraphobia with generosity, wit, and insight, interwoven with both Freudian psychology and cutting-edge brain research, attempting to decipher the psychological and biological puzzles that have plagued him for so long.--From publisher description."--From source other than the Library of Congress.
  

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A good book to peruse on phobias. I enjoyed it! Read full review

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Contents

Demons on My Back
1
Father
26
Links in a Chain
45
Contemplating the Brain
54
Fear
75
Childhood
93
On the Road
116
Conditioning
136
Change and Trauma
176
Agoraphobia
192
AloneNot Alone
223
Epilogue
245
Acknowledgments
253
Selected Readings
255
Index
261
Copyright

Tigers in the Mind
150

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About the author (2008)

Allen Shawn, a composer and writer, has produced many orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works, as well as music for ballet, theater, and film. He has written for The Atlantic and is on the faculty at Bennington College in Vermont.

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