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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  - 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

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

User Review  - Ben Babcock - Goodreads

To be honest, I bought this book more because it was in a bargain bin for $5 than because it looked interesting. Although I don't go out much, I've never considered myself agoraphobic so much as ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Crystal - Goodreads

Another two-star, bargain book I picked up on a whim. I think that this book would have been harder to put down, had it not been so slow-moving and if it had focused more on the emotional side of the author's psychological issues, rather than the scientific aspect of it all. Read full review

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

User Review  - Brooke - Goodreads

I was sort of disappointed. I think every other chapter was interesting...seriously. Concentrated WAY to much on Freud...and I really get tired of his theories.... Read full review

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

User Review  - JulieK - Goodreads

The first chapter was really interesting, but after that he kind of lost me. Read full review

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

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

Also used in class. Skip the Freud chapters. Read full review

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

User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

Too much focus on neuro-psychiatry and not enough on the author's own issues. Read full review


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