Adam Phillips

On Wanting to Change
  • On Wanting to Change

  • From the UK's foremost literary psychoanalyst, a dazzling new book on the universal urge to change our lives.

    We live in a world in which we are invited to change - to become our best selves, through politics, or fitness, or diet, or therapy.

    We change all the time - growing older and older - and how we think about change changes over time too.

    We want to think of our lives as progress myths - as narratives of positive personal growth - at the same time as we inevitably age and suffer setbacks.

    So there are the stories we tell about change, and there are the changes we actually make - and they don't always go, or come, together . . .

    This sparkling book is about that fact.

Adam Phillips, formerly Principal 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 Attention Seeking, In Writing and Unforbidden Pleasures. He is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


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