Promises, Promises by Adam Phillips
Essays on Psychoanalysis and Literature

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As an essayist, Adam Phillips combines the best of two worlds: the mastery of psychotherapy as a practitioner and a theorist-and a reputation as one of the best literary writers around. In this collection of essays, he brings the two gifts to bear upon each other, reaching far beyond the borders of psychoanalytic discourse into art, novels, poetry, and history to speculate on the relative merits of psychoanalysis and literature. In his quirky, epigrammatic style, Phillips shows us how psychoanalysis and literature at their best share the goal of shedding light on human character, the most fascinating of disorders.
 

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Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He is the author of many books, including On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored; Going Sane; Side Effects; and On Balance. He is also the coauthor, with the historian Barbara Taylor, of On Kindness; with the critic Leo Bersani, of Intimacies; and with the exhibition-maker Judith Clark, of The Concise Dictionary of Dress.
 
Published June 16, 2009 by Basic Books. 396 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In his new collection of essays, Phillips (The Beast in the Nursery, 1998, etc.), former principal child psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, attempts to wed his first love (literature) with his second (psychoanalysis).

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Promises, Promises: Essays on Literature and Psychoanalysis Adam Phillips Faber £10, pp240 It seems only five minutes since Adam Phillips published his last book: there's no stopping him.

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Promises, Promises Adam Phillips 376pp, Faber, £10 Buy it at BOL Psychoanalysis and the disciplines of psychology in general began as a new, revelatory development of medical science.

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