Adam Phillips: On Pleasure & Frustration

Along with Stephen Grosz, Adam Phillips is a clear exponent of Psychoanalysis

liminal praxis

The video below is the video that I’ve watched more than any other video on YouTube.  I admire Adam Phillips ability to express himself via both the spoken and written word.  It seems to me that he is usually saying very interesting things that make me consider things in a different light.

For those of you who might be interested, here’s a link to an interview with Adam Phillips via The Paris Review.  Here are some good bits from it…

The interviewer had described what he thinks Phillip’s style of writing is.  Phillips replied…

PHILLIPS

I’m sure what you’re saying is true—it sounds true. My experience of doing it is I just write it. One’s style is like one’s smell—because you can’t smell it, you need other people to tell you about it.

Later talking about the importance of having good conversations…

PHILLIPS

Because in your mind, you’re mad…

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