A remarkable passage by the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips at the end of his Forbidden Pleasures, pg 181. We have to choose between them: the stark nature of the dichotomy is often unclear but this is little more than wilful obsfucation, on the part of the social order if not the individual. 289 more words
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By Scott Taylor
Callum Nicholas scored his first goal of the season on his comeback from injury as Liverpool U18s come from behind to beat Stoke 3-1 in the U18 Premier League on Tuesday afternoon. 181 more words
Our excesses are the best clue we have to our own poverty and our best way of concealing it from ourselves.
– Adam Phillips
Phillips, A. (2010). On balance.
If you happen to like reading, it can have a very powerful effect on you, an evocative effect….It’s not as though when I read I’m gathering information, or indeed can remember much of what I read. 464 more words
Last week on the Radio 4 programme ‘Start the Week’ the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips discussed his new book Unforbidden Pleasures. One component of our self-reflection, he argues, is that we ask ourselves the question, ‘Do we lack anything that feels essential?’ Once something has been forbidden to us, we begin to experience a lack – we begin to desire it and to see it as essential to our well-being. 267 more words