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Psychoanalysis works by attending to the patient's side effects, "what falls
out of his pockets once he starts speaking." Undergoing psychoanalytic therapy
is always a leap into the dark—like dedicating our hearts and intellect to a
powerful work of literature, it's impossible to know beforehand its ultimate
effect and consequences. One must remain open to where the "side effects" will
Erudite, eloquent, and enthrallingly observant, Adam Phillips is one of the
world's most respected psychoanalysts and a boldly original writer and
thinker—and the ideal guide to exploring the provocative connections between
psychoanalytic treatment and enduring, transformative literature. His
fascinating and thoughtful Side Effects offers a valuable intellectual
blueprint for the construction of a life beholden to no ideology other than the
fulfillment of personal promise.