Interview with a psychoanalyst in the Paris Review
Adam Phillips is British psychoanalyst who belongs to the Independent Group of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He read English literature at Oxford, went on to become a child psychotherapist and worked in the National Health Service for many years. He currently works mostly with adult patients in private practice.
Phillips is a prolific and unconventional writer who has written nineteen books on a vast range of topics that are frequently neglected by traditional psychoanalysis. In this long interview he discusses his background, how he came to be a psychoanalyst, his love of literature, the kind of psychoanalysis he is interested in, and his writing process. He is currently working on a short biography of Freud that intends to be less idealizing than the previous ones, written by Peter Gay and Ernest Jones, have been.
Read the article in the Paris Review