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User Review  - AuntieClio - LibraryThing

Allen Shawn writes about being phobic. How his phobias shape his life, how he's tried to overcome them, and how knowing how his childhood environment shaped them doesn't relieve the tension. Trying to ... Read full review

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User Review  - bobbieharv - LibraryThing

I was dying to read this, based on the reviews, but was a little disappointed with the dryness of his writing, especially in the research sections (of which there were too many!). I guess the ... Read full review

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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  - Talia - Goodreads

It was like reading about myself. Great book. Read full review

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

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

Good short book written by a music professor who also has several phobias. Not an extensive examination of cause and effect but more of a personal description of his life and the possible reasons for ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

I may be Allen Shawn's father. Read full review


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