We live in a world in which we are invited to change—to become our best selves through politics, or fitness, or diet, or therapy. We change all the time—growing older and older—and how we think about change changes over time too.
We want to think of our lives as progress myths—as narratives of positive personal growth—at the same time as we inevitably age and suffer setbacks.
Adam Phillips’s sparkling book On Wanting to Change explores the stories we tell about change, and the changes we actually make—and the fact that they don’t always go, or come, together.
"An inspiring vision of psychoanalysis."—The Guardian
Reviews from Goodreads
What is heartening about people is the appalling stubbornness and the strong roots of their various cultures, rather than the ease with which you can convert them and make them happy and good.