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Life of the mind

Why must I constantly defend my profession?

I was having coffee with a friend the other day and said I had to go because I had patients to see. “Oh,” she said, wincing. “I’d forgotten you do that.” This was odd in itself, because for years I must have been avoiding talking to her about psychoanalytic theory for fear of offending her (it’s normally very difficult to get me off the subject) or, rather, for fear of her offending me. Then I saw her face light up as a “joke” leapt into her mind. “Amazing that you can dole out advice when you can’t sort your own life out!” She laughed, relieved to have wrapped the subject up so satisfactorily. I tore the edges off a packet of sugar and wondered whether or not to bother.

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In Prospect’s August issue: Rachel Sylvester argues that the EU referendum has started a re-alignment of British politics while Roger Scruton and Jay Elwes say that it has thrown Britain into a bout of self-examination with the fundamental question of who we are as a nation at its centre. In addition, Peter Mandelson says without reform the EU could fall victim to a populist uprising. Also in this issue: Philip Ball explores quantum entanglement, George Magnus looks at the political situation in Brazil ahead of the Olympics and Adam Mars-Jones unpicks the work of Steven Spielberg. James Cusick looks at the impact of the Chilcot report and Kathy Lette explains what the world would be like if she was in charge.