Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life

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Penguin, Jan 29, 2008 - Psychology - 267 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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Behind a clever title lies an academic study of the history and nature of phobias completely void of humor or personality. 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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