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On kissing, tickling, and being bored : psychoanalytic essays on the unexamined life

Author: Adam Phillips
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993.
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"Tickle a child, and she peals with laughter. Go on too long, and her laughter is sure to turn to tears. Where is that ticklish line between pleasure and pain? Why do we risk its being crossed? Does psychoanalysis possess the language to talk about such an extraordinary ordinary thing? In a style that is writerly and audacious, Adam Phillips takes up this subject and others largely overlooked by psychoanalysis -  Read more...
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Phillips, Adam.
On kissing, tickling, and being bored.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)622223084
Named Person: Sigmund Freud; D W Winnicott; Sigmund Freud; D W Winnicott; Sigmund Freud; D W Winnicott; Sigmund Freud; D W Winnicott
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Phillips
ISBN: 0674634624 9780674634626
OCLC Number: 26132476
Description: viii, 138 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: On tickling --
First hates: phobias in theory --
On risk and solitude --
On composure --
Worrying and its discontents --
Returning the dream: in memoriam Masud Khan --
On being bored --
Looking at obstacles --
Plotting for kisses --
Playing mothers: between pedagogy and transference --
Psychoanalysis and idolatry.
Responsibility: Adam Phillips.

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"Tickle a child, and she peals with laughter. Go on too long, and her laughter is sure to turn to tears. Where is that ticklish line between pleasure and pain? Why do we risk its being crossed? Does psychoanalysis possess the language to talk about such an extraordinary ordinary thing? In a style that is writerly and audacious, Adam Phillips takes up this subject and others largely overlooked by psychoanalysis - kissing, worrying, risk, solitude, and composure. He writes about phobias as a kind of theory, a form of protection against curiosity; about analysis as a patient's way of reconstituting solitude; about "good-enough" mothering as the antithesis of "bad-enough" imperialism; about psychoanalysis as an attempt to cure idolatry through idolatry; and even about farting as it relates to worrying." "Psychoanalysis began as a virtuoso improvisation within the science of medicine, but virtuosity has given way to the dream of science that only the examined life is worth living. Phillips shows that the drive to omniscience has been unfortunate both for psychoanalysis and for life. On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored is a set of meditations on underinvestigated themes in psyochoanalysis that shows how much one's psychic health depends on establishing a realm of life that successfully resists examination."--BOOK JACKET.

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