Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 29, 2008 - Psychology - 288 pages
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In addition to being the son of famous New Yorker editor William Shawn and brother of the distinguished playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, Allen Shawn is agoraphobic-he is afraid of both public spaces and isolation. Wish I Could Be There gracefully captures both of these extraordinary realities, blending memoir and scientific inquiry in an utterly engrossing quest to understand the mysteries of the human mind. Droll, probing, and honest, Shawn explores the many ways we all become who we are, whether through upbringing, genes, or our own choices, creating "an eloquent meditation upon the mysteries of personality and family"* and the struggle to face one's demons.


  

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Review: Wish I Could Be There: Notes From a Phobic Life

User Review  - Teresa - Goodreads

I found this book at a used book store, and thought it would be an interesting read because there is a history of specific phobias and panic attacks in family members . I applaud Shawn for his ... Read full review

Review: Wish I Could Be There: Notes From a Phobic Life

User Review  - Carmen - Goodreads

Very good book on psychology and phobias. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Selected Readings
Index

Chapter Eight

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