On Balance

Adam Phillips

On Balance

Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips addresses a variety of urgent concerns – many centred around the idea of balance. When might we know that enough is enough? Does the road of excess ever lead to the palace of wisdom? What is the role of the parent, the teacher and of psychoanalysis itself in the development of children's minds? Should we be happy, or is there something better we can be? And what can we learn from the tales of Jack and the Beanstalk or Cinderella? 3.3 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
On Balance

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Society, Politics & Philosophy
Format Hardback
Pages 336
RRP £20.00
Date of Publication July 2010
ISBN 978-0241143889
Publisher Hamish Hamilton
 

Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips addresses a variety of urgent concerns – many centred around the idea of balance. When might we know that enough is enough? Does the road of excess ever lead to the palace of wisdom? What is the role of the parent, the teacher and of psychoanalysis itself in the development of children's minds? Should we be happy, or is there something better we can be? And what can we learn from the tales of Jack and the Beanstalk or Cinderella?

Adam Phillips on our fascination with excess — Guardian 8/8/09

Reviews

The Sunday Times

Edmund Gordon

Excepting a couple of stylistic tics (including his somewhat patronising use of phrases such as “clearly” and “of course” to introduce subtle ideas), Phillips is a wonderful writer, his prose limpid and exact, and this is a deep and stimulating book.

18/07/2010

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The Guardian

Terri Apter

His arguments have an irritating tendency to slide forward on sloppy logic: love, grief and appetite may not be measurable according to objective scales, but we speak coherently about loving too much, having a huge appetite and suffering enormous grief. Yet emerging from Phillips's sometimes disjointed and repetitive writing are intriguing and radical questions about the vital information strong responses and desires provide, and how we might use this to identify what we want.

03/07/2010

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The Scotsman

Tom Adair

He writes with the certainty of the dinner party pundit… For the reader of Phillips's 22 sometimes over-argued essays, inattention is ill-advised.

01/08/2010

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