A short, fascinating introduction to the concept of attention, from Britain's pre-eminent psychoanalyst.
Adam Phillips, formerly Principle Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He is the author of numerous works of psychoanalysis and literary criticism, including most recently Unforbidden Pleasures, and Missing Out. He is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
The best living essayist writing in English
The Martin Amis of British psychoanalysis . . . brilliantly amusing and often highly unsettling * The Times *
One of those writers whom it is a pleasure simply to hear think * Sunday Telegraph *
Reading Phillips, you may be amused, vexed, dazzled. But the one thing you will never be is bored * Observer *
Adam Phillips is that rarest of phenomena, a trained clinician who is also a sublime writer
Playfully digressive style... He is the finest living decipherer of affective life [and] the Bob Dylan of psychoanalysis * Daily Telegraph *