Adam Phillips is a British psychoanalyst, essayist and author of a number of well known books, which include amongst many others: On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored; Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life; Winnicott; and On Kindness;
His most recent books are 'Attention Seeking' and 'The Cure for Psychoanalysis'.
Since 2003 he has been the general editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics translations of Sigmund Freud. He is also a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.Joan Acocella, writing in The New Yorker, described Phillips as "Britain's foremost psychoanalytic writer", an opinion echoed by historian Élisabeth Roudinesco in Le Monde.
He has always believed psychoanalysis to be closer to poetry than medicine: "For me, psychoanalysis has always been of a piece with the various languages of literature-a kind of practical poetry." From 1990 to 1997 he was Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. Phillips worked in the National Health Service for seventeen years but became disillusioned with its tightening bureaucratic demands. He currently divides his time between writing and his private practice in Notting Hill. He has been a visiting professor at the University of York English department since 2006
May 2nd, 2020
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