Friday, 12 November 2010
Adam Phillips and personal excesses
Some time ago, Adam Phillips, the psychotherapist and essayist wrote a newspaper article about human excesses, including those concerned with food,alcohol,other drugs,sex, love and religion. Approaching it from a psychoanalytic direction he arrived at a conclusion that ultimately our excessiveness is a mask for deep-seated insecurities, fears and frustration. It occurred to me, when he proposed the idea that some of us are excessive in our relationships with others, that we also use our relationships to moderate our excesses.