Monday, November 22, 2010
Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life by Allen Shawn is a mixture of lay science and psychology with a meandering memoir.
The author gives a nuanced and rather mannered account of his collection of general and specific phobias, predominantly agoraphobia--expressed in part by difficulty driving in some situations.
This book might give some people a little insight into the life of a phobic person. However the text is not well organised and doesn't really success as either a discussion of phobia or as a memoir.
Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life