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  • Published: 18 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241974001
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $22.99

Hands

What We Do With Them - And Why




Human history, modern life and our psychology - all told through the story of how we use our hands

Throughout history, civilisations have been defined by the work of human hands: inventing tools, writing records, operating machinery, typing, texting, swiping. But beneath this known history is another, secret story: our hands are not the obedient servants that they seem to be. Through conscious and unconscious gesture, they reveal our deepest psychology, our weaknesses and obsessions, our personal history and our social conditioning.

The key to understanding everything around you - and everything within you - is staring you in the face. Using fascinating anecdotes and brilliant psychoanalytic research, from da Vinci to Dickens to Die Hard, Darian Leader reveals that there's much more to your hands than meets the eye.

  • Published: 18 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241974001
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Darian Leader

Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst practising in London and a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.

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Praise for Hands

Publisher's description. Why do we play with our fingers when nervous? Why do zombies walk with their hands out? What connects prayer beads with iPhones? Journey down the psychoanalytic rabbit hole to discover the strange and fascinating secrets of what our hands really say about us...

Penguin

A breezy cultural history of fidgeting

Times Literary Supplement

Leader is a psychoanalyst with a sideline in smart, elegant books that explain ourselves to ourselves without using the jargon of clinical literature

Guardian

An intriguing meditation on how vital our hands are to our understanding of ourselves and our world

The Times

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