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Promises, Promises

Adam Phillips

In Promises, Promises, Adam Phillips proves once again his virtuoso talent for working profound insights around psychoanalytic theory and literature in to entertaining, accessible essays on being alive in our time.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571209736
Date Published
18.11.2002
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Summary

Has psychoanalysis failed to keep its promise? What are psychoanalysis and literature good for? And what, if anything, have they got to do with each other? Promises, Promises is a delightful new collection of essays which sets out to make and break the links between psychoanalysis and literature. It confirms Adam Phillips as a virtuoso performer able to reach far beyond the borders of psychoanalytic discourse into art, drama, poetry and history. This collection gives us insights into anorexia and cloning, the work of Tom Stoppard and A.E. Housman, the effect of the Blitz on Londoners, Nijinsky’s diary and Martin Amis’s Night Train, and provides a case history of clutter. In a final essay, the author turns to the question – why sign up for analysis when you could read a book?

Promoting everywhere a refreshing version of a psychoanalysis that is more committed to happiness and inspiration than to self-knowledge or some absolute truth, Promises, Promises reaffirms Adam Phillips as a writer whose work, in the words of one reviewer, ‘hovers in a strange and haunting borderland between rigour and delight.’

AdamPhillips

Adam Phillips was born in Cardiff in 1954. He is the author of numerous works of psychotherapy and literary criticism, including Winnicott, On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored, Going Sane, Side Effects, On Kindness, co-written with Barbara Taylor, On Balance, Missing Out, One Way and Another and Becoming Freud. Adam Phillips is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in…

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