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On Balance
  • Published: 27 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141963211
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

On Balance




'Reading Phillips, you may be amused, vexed, dazzled. But the one thing you will never be is bored' Observer

In this absorbing and provocative new book from one of Britain's most elegant and original prose stylists, 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?

With his trademark combination of open-minded enquiry and exhilarating argument, drawing primarily on the twin worlds of literature and psychoanalysis, Adam Phillips will delight readers old and new in this much anticipated new book.

  • Published: 27 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141963211
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

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Praise for On Balance

Phillips is a wonderful writer, his prose limpid and exact, and this is a deep and stimulating book

Sunday Times

Intriguing and radical questions about the vital information strong responses and desires provide, and how we might use this to identify what we want

Guardian

His writing is a lively source of provocation, repetition, self-renewal.

Scotsman

The best living essayist writing in English

John Gray

Reading Phillips, you may be amused, vexed, dazzled. But the one thing you will never be is bored

Observer

He's brilliant

John Carey

Phillips radiates infectious charm

Sunday Times

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