Paul Verhaeghe / Paul Verhaeghe – Intimacy

Paul Verhaeghe – Intimacy

Paul Verhaeghe – Intimacy

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  • Korea Momo Agency


Option publishers

  • Kunstmann (Germany)
  • Scribe (United Kingdom, ANZ)
  • Sangya Culture Media Company (China)


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About the book

According to Paul Verhaeghe, intimacy is based first of all on a relationship with yourself and only then on relationships with others. Our relationship with our bodies lays the foundation not only for intimacy but for our mental and physical health. Nowadays, unfortunately, that relationship is characterized by embarrassment, a result of the conviction that we are never beautiful or healthy enough. In Intimacy Verhaeghe shows that our era is urgently in need of a new form of self-care, in which we coincide more closely with ourselves. He rejects the classic divide between body and mind, helping us to look at ourselves and the world in a new way.

Press on previous work:

On What About Me:

Paul Verhaeghe brilliantly captures the long-term impact that living in a profit-obsessed society has had on our psychology. An excellent book. - Hanif Kureishi, author

On Says Who:

Donald Trump’s, Vladimir Putin’s and Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s success one can explain by the longing of many people for authority. In many countries voters call for a strong state and a tough reign. Why that is and why we need a new form of authority, Flemish psychoanalytic Paul Verhaeghe demonstrates in his new book. - Deutschlandfunk Andruck


Paul Verhaeghe (b. 1955) is a doctor of clinical psychology and a professor at the University of Ghent. He made his breakthrough to a general and international readership with Love in a Time of Loneliness (1998) and again reached a large global audience with The End of Psychotherapy (2009), What About Me (2012) and Says Who (2015).

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Additional book information

  • Psychology
  • ISBN 9789403139104
  • Number of pages: 256
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 23,99
  • English sample available