Terrors and Experts (Signed copy)

Signed by Adam Phillips


Adam Phillips


Faber & Faber, London, 1995
Terrors and Experts (Signed copy)Terrors and Experts (Signed copy)Terrors and Experts (Signed copy)

Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14cm, 110pp.

Signed directly to the title page by Adam Phillips

This book is a chronicle of the all-too-human terror that drives us into the arms of experts, and of how expertise, in the form of psychoanalysis, addresses our fears—in essence, turns our terror into meaning. Phillips takes up those topics about which psychoanalysis claims expertise—childhood, sexuality, love, development, dreams, art, the unconscious, unhappiness—and explores what Freud's description of the unconscious does to the idea of expertise, in life and in psychoanalysis itself. If we are not, as Freud's ideas tell us, masters of our own houses, then what kind of claims can we make for ourselves? These questions, so central to the human condition and to the state of psychoanalysis, resonate through this book as Phillips considers our notions of competence, of a professional self, of expertise in every realm of life from parenting to psychoanalysis. Terrors and Experts testifies to what makes psychoanalysis interesting, to that interest in psychoanalysis—which teaches us the meaning of our ignorance—that makes the terrors of life more bearable, even valuable.


This copy is in very good condition, but with some light fading to the spine and tanning to the pages throughout.





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