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Growing up is a process of disillusionment, during which we shed the vitality of childhood - or so conventional wisdom has it. In "The Beast in the Nursery," Adam Phillips shows why we are so keen to accept this reassuringly disappointing myth. He questions whether our first appetites can survive the acquisition of language, the donning of custom, the onset of education - all the ways in which we learn that the world is not simply what we want it to be. He offers a portrait of the conflict in all of us between the child and the realist, the dreamer and the scientist, the beast and the nursery. For Phillips, our lives are livable only insofar as we do not lose what inspires us, but learn instead how to transform it into guiding knowledge.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375700477
ISBN-10: 0375700471
Format: Paperback / softback
(204mm x 132mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips is the author of Winnicott; On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored; On Flirtation; Terrors and Experts; and Monogamy. Formerly the principal child psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, he lives in England. From the Hardcover edition.

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