9780674634633

On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored: Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life

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  • ISBN13:

    9780674634633

  • ISBN10:

    0674634632

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/1/1994
  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
On Tickling
First Hates: Phobias in Theory
On Risk and Solitude
On Composure
Worrying and Its Discontents
Returning the Dream: In Memoriam Masud Khan
On Being Bored
Looking at Obstacles
Plotting for Kisses
Playing Mothers: Between Pedagogy and Transference
Psychoanalysis and Idolatry
Notes
Credits
Index
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