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Wish I could be there : notes from a phobic life

Author: Allen Shawn
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Allen Shawn is afraid of heights, water, fields, parking lots, tunnels, and unknown roads. He avoids subways, elevators, and bridges. He is afraid of both closed and open spaces and of any form of isolation--yet this is a memoir of enormous bravery. He is the son of New Yorker editor William Shawn and brother to playwright/actor Wallace Shawn. His twin sister is autistic. His father led a double life that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Allen Shawn; Allen Shawn
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen Shawn
ISBN: 9780143113072 0143113070
OCLC Number: 166382394
Notes: "First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin ..."--Title page verso.
Description: xx, 267 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Introduction --
Demons on my back --
Father --
Links on a chain --
Contemplating the brain --
Fear --
Childhood --
On the road --
Conditioning --
Tigers in the mind --
Change and trauma --
Agoraphobia --
Alone/not alone --
Epilogue --
Acknowledgments --
Selected readings --
Index.
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"Allen Shawn is afraid of heights, water, fields, parking lots, tunnels, and unknown roads. He avoids subways, elevators, and bridges. He is afraid of both closed and open spaces and of any form of isolation--yet this is a memoir of enormous bravery. He is the son of New Yorker editor William Shawn and brother to playwright/actor Wallace Shawn. His twin sister is autistic. His father led a double life that introduced strict taboos to his household. Shawn examines these influences, his father's and mother's phobias, and his own struggle with agoraphobia with generosity, wit, and insight, interwoven with both Freudian psychology and cutting-edge brain research, attempting to decipher the psychological and biological puzzles that have plagued him for so long.--From publisher description.

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