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I thought this was more of a memoir, which it plainly is not. What it is, is Shawn analyzing phobia & fear, somewhat from his perspective, but mostly just in general. He's very knowledgable on the subject and has done an excellent job interpreting some of his research. However as a non-phobic this book wasn't always interesting & I speed read through large portions of it to get to something that I found more interesting. Still I found some of his theories compelling and even want to read more on the subject because of this book. I think someone who has lived with phobias & struggles to understand it may really enjoy this book. Just wasn't for me.  

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

User Review  - Dillon Broadwell - Goodreads

This is not a book for everyone. It is dense at points, dry at others but all in all is a very interesting read and I found some nice little nuggets of knowledge and interesting looks on life that i ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Deanne - Goodreads

Behind a clever title lies an academic study of the history and nature of phobias completely void of humor or personality. Read full review

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

User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

only read 1/3, more science less bio than i expected Read full review

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

User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

I couldn't quit reading it. While most of my family have been introverts who find excuses to not get out much. We still do an occasional outing with friends and such. All but my sister that is, she ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Cara - Goodreads

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

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

User Review  - Jim Becker - Goodreads

Interesting Read full review

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

User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

I am certainly not an expert on neurology, psychology, psychiatry, genetics and other subjects. I'm sure other reviewers can employ intricate terminology to refute some of the scientific claims and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Tara - Goodreads

Fun fact: this was written by the brother of Wallace Shawn (Vizzini in The Princess Bride). So now, while watching one of the most hilarious movies ever, I will have their depressing family drama in ... Read full review

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