I was originally interested in this topic because of a psychology class I took. I found the book very informative as I read it, and began to realize that some one in my family may very well be suffering from Avoidant Personality Disorder. One of my sisters rarely leaves the house, and there have been several times when we have gotten her outside that she has had a full on panic attack. I read through this book to learn as much about this condition as I could so that I could help her through these problems and help the rest of my family understand what was going on with her. This book has been a life saver for my family and I, and if your in a situation where you know someone who may have this condition I recommend reading it, it can make a difference in your lives as well.