The Cure for Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Adam Phillips

The Cure for Psychoanalysis

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : June 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 204
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  • Catalogue No : 95580
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494384
  • ISBN 10 : 1913494381

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In his first essay, ‘The Magic of Winnicott: Playing and reality, and reality’, Adam Phillips makes clear the subtlety and wisdom of Winnicott’s concept of play. Its inspiration came from a wonderful and unanticipated encounter with the extraordinary Marion Milner that plays into and influences the entire essay. In his second, ‘The Cure for Psychoanalysis’, he works through psychoanalytic theories about cure and instructs us to take most seriously those that free the analyst and patient to wonder and to take pleasure in the unknowable adventure ahead of them.

These two thought-provoking writings frame a discussion between the author and Edward Corrigan, analyst and friend, which offers an intimate portrait of two analysts in conversation, thoughtfully reflecting on traditions that inform Phillips’ practice and prolific works. This record of ‘A Day with Adam Phillips’ at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York includes questions and commentaries which demonstrate the creative and open expression encouraged by and reflected in the practice of psychoanalysis itself.

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We know Adam Phillips to be a remarkable writer but in this wonderfully spirited book we discover he is also an endlessly interesting conversationalist. With his old friend, Ed Corrigan, as a talk-buddy, we are privy to dialogue as a form of performance art. There is genius here; there is good humor; there is joy. It doesn't get better than this.
Christopher Bollas, psychoanalyst, author of Meaning and Melancholia, and The Shadow of the Object

The book’s call and response format, the supple back and forth movement between Phillips and his audience… serves as an ideal introduction to a by now forbiddingly expansive and continually expanding body of work… succeeds in reaching into the heart of his thinking to give us its fundamental questions and stakes, especially when it comes to our clinical practice: Why do we bother with psychoanalysis? How does it serve the aim of ensuring life is worth the effort?
British Journal of Psychotherapy

As much a philosophy of life as a book about psychoanalysis… the lay person can pick up this book and grasp its content—there’s no banging your head against technical jargon or impenetrable analytic language. It’s a short book, which you can read in an afternoon, and be all the better for it… As you leaf through the pages, you are touched by someone who has been in touch with life in many forms… I could say much more, but I’ll let the magic of the book surprise you too.
Stillpoint Magazine

Table of Contents


1. Welcome – A day with Adam Phillips at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy by Ron Taffel, Ph.D
2. The magic of Winnicott: Playing and reality, and reality by Adam Phillips
3. Morning Q&A
4. An Interview with Adam Phillips
5. Afternoon Q&A
6. Commentaries by members of the faculty, graduates and candidates
7. The Cure for Psychoanalysis by Adam Phillips
8. Coda – A day with Adam Phillips at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy by Holly Levenkron, Director of Psychoanalytic Training


About the Author(s)

Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English Department at the University of York. He is the author of several well-known volumes, all widely acclaimed, including On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, Going Sane, Side Effects and recently On Kindness, co-written with historian Barbara Taylor, On Balance, Missing Out and One Way and Another.

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