What we find of interest may tell us more than we think…
‘Everything depends on what, if anything, we find interesting: on what we are encouraged and educated to find interesting, and what we find ourselves being interested in despite ourselves. There is our official curiosity and our unofficial curiosity (and psychoanalysis is a story about the relationship between the two) . . .’
Based on three connected talks on the subject of attention, this pocket-sized book is a quirky and memorable introduction to the concept of our attention – how we spend it, and what it might tell us about ourselves. From Britain’s pre-eminent psychoanalyst, this is an essential new addition to the Adam Phillips canon.
‘The best living essayist writing in English’ – John Gray
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Adam Phillips is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Observer and the New York Times, and he is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations. Attention Seeking is his latest book in a series that includes Missing Out, On Kindness and Unforbidden Pleasures.
Lisa Appignanesi has been a university lecturer in European Studies and was Chair of the Freud Museum London. Her works of non-fiction include ‘Freud’s Women’ (with John Forrester), a biographical portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, and a history of cabaret. She has edited ‘The Rushdie File’ and a number of books on contemporary culture, as well as producing various films for television. Her most recently book is Everyday Madness: on Grief, Anger, Loss and Love. Lisa Appignanesi lives in London with her two children.