Below is a letter to the editor of the New York Times on June 11, 2016 by Henry J. Friedman about Adam Phillips’s article Unforbidden Pleasures in the New York Times on May 22, 2016.
To the Editor:
If, as Mark O’Connell claims in reviewing Adam Phillips’s “Unforbidden Pleasures” (May 22), Phillips is “the most widely read of living psychoanalysts,” psychoanalysis will gain little credibility in the public eye if people’s reading is restricted to Phillips’s entertaining and glib essays.
O’Connell acknowledges that Phillips “has always been a somewhat equivocal advocate for his profession,” but his review fails to be adequately critical of the way Phillips “plays” not only with the reader but with psychoanalysis. (more…)