On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored - Adam Phillips (Paperback)

Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life

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9780674634633
Department
Books
Released
15 Jul 1998
Supply Source
USA

Book

Author
Adam Phillips
Subtitle
Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Harvard Univ Pr
Edition
Reprint
Language
English
Number of Pages
160
Dimensions
235 x 146 x 19mm (227g)

Summary

In a style that is writerly and audacious, Adam Phillips takes up a variety of seemingly ordinary subjects underinvestigated by psychoanalysis--kissing, worrying, risk, solitude, composure, even farting as it relates to worrying.

He argues that psychoanalysis began as a virtuoso improvisation within the science of medicine, but that virtuosity has given way to the dream of science that only the examined life is worth living. Phillips goes on to show how the drive to omniscience has been unfortunate both for psychoanalysis and for life. He reveals how much one's psychic health depends on establishing a realm of life that successfully resists examination.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Psychology
BISAC Subject 1
Psychology / Movements / Psychoanalysis
BIC Classification 1
Psychology
Library Subject 1
Psychoanalysis
Academic Subject 1
Psychoanalysis
Dewey Classification
150

Author Bio

Adam Phillips is Principal Child Psychotherapist in the Wolverton Gardens Child and Family Consultation Centre, London.