We all have two lives - the life we live and the life of our fantasies. But it is the life unlived - the person we have failed to be - that can trouble and even haunt us. In Missing Out acclaimed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips delves into the gap between who we are and who we are not, to discover whether not getting what we want may be the unlikely key to the fully lived life.
Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and the author of several previous books, all widely acclaimed, including On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, Going Sane and Side Effects. His most recent book is On Kindness, which was co-written with historian Barbara Taylor.
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Enjoyed but not really understood
Interesting but meandering
Interesting topic. The writing is not very focused, and often it's not clear what the point he's trying to make - other than to show that he's clever.
The central ideas of the book are nonetheless interesting ones to explore.
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