Written in his beloved epigrammatic and aphoristic style, Equals extends Adam Phillips's probings into the psychological and the political, bringing his trenchant wit to such subjects as the usefulness of inhibitions and the paradox of permissive authority. He explores why citizens in a democracy are so eager to establish levels of hierarchy when the system is based on the assumption that every man is created equal. And he ponders the importance of mockery in group behaviour, and the psyche's struggle as a metaphor for political conflict.
Adam Phillips has been called the closest thing we have to a philosopher of happiness. Formerly Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, Phillips is the author of such works as Winnicott On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored Monogamy On Flirtation Terror and Experts Darwin's Worms Promises, Promises and Houdini's Box.