On Balance

ISBN-10: 0312610742
ISBN-13: 9780312610746
Edition: N/A
Authors: Adam Phillips
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Description: Every day, we are told that balance is a good thing. We are supposed to make balanced judgments, balance our budget, and preserve a balance of power in our government. Disturbed people are described as unbalanced. In this insightful, charming book,  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 11/22/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Every day, we are told that balance is a good thing. We are supposed to make balanced judgments, balance our budget, and preserve a balance of power in our government. Disturbed people are described as unbalanced. In this insightful, charming book, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips looks afresh at balance (and its shadow, excess) and asks if achieving the former is such an admirable goal. From this perspective, Phillips examines the explosive topics of money, sex, parenthood, faith, and education. In his exhilarating and casually brilliant explorations of case studies, fairy tales, works of art, and literature, the paradoxes inherent in our appetites and fears are revealed.

Adam Phillips is the author of six previous books, including "The Beast in the Nursery" & "Monogamy" (both available form Vintage). Formerly the principal child psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, he lives in England.

Preface
Five Short Talks on Excess
In Excess
Enough Is Enough
Sex Mad
On Being Too Much for Ourselves
Believe It or Not
On What Is Fundamental
Sleeping It Off
Children Behaving Badly
Should School Make You Happy?
Truancy Now
The Authenticity Issue
Negative Capabilities
The Horse
The Helpless
The Perfectionist
The Lost
On Getting Away with It
Forms of Inattention
Arbus's Freaks
Celebrating Sebald
Mendelsohn's Histories
Auden's Magic
Mothers and Fairy Tales
Jack and His Beanstalk
The Least of Her Problems: Cinderella and Men
Forsaken Favourites
Acknowledgements

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