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The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness

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Dr. Laing's first purpose is to make madness and the process of going mad comprehensible. In this, with case studies of schizophrenic patients, he succeeds brilliantly, but he does more: through a vision of sanity and madness as 'degrees of conjunction and disjunction between two persons where the one is sane by common consent' he offers a rich existential analysis of personal alienation.

The outsider, estranged from himself and society, cannot experience either himself or others as 'real'. He invents a false self and with it he confronts both the outside world and his own despair. The disintegration of his real self keeps pace with the growing unreality of his false self until, in the extremes of schizophrenic breakdown, the whole personality disintegrates.

Synopsis:

Presenting case studies of schizophrenic patients, Laing aims to make madness and the process of going mad comprehensible. He also offers an existential analysis of personal alienation.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-210) and index.

About the Author

R.D. Laing, one of the best-known psychiatrists of modern times, was born in Glasgow in 1927 and graduated from Glasgow University as a doctor of medicine. In the 1960's he developed the argument that there may be a benefit in allowing acute mental and emotional turmoil in depth to go on and have its way, and that the outcome of such turmoil could have a positive value. He was the first to put such a stand to the test by establishing, with others, residences where persons could live and be free to let happen what will when the acute psychosis is given free rein, or where, at the very least, they receive no treatment they do not want. This work with the Philadelphia Association since 1964, together with his focus on disturbed and disturbing types of interaction in institutions, groups and families, has been both influential and continually controversial.

R.D. Laing's writings range from books on social theory to verse, as well as numerous articles and reviews in scientific journals and the popular press. His publications are: The Divided Self, Self and Others, Interpersonal Perception (with H. Phillipson and A. Robin Lee), Reason and Violence (introduced by Jean-Paul Sartre), Sanity, Madness and the Family (with A. Esterson), The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise, Knots, The Politics of the Family, The Facts of Life, Do You Love Me?, Conversations with Children, Sonnets, The Voice of Experience and Wisdom, Madness and Folly.

R.D. Laing died in 1989. Anthony Clare, writing in the Guardian, said of him: "His major achievement was that he dragged the isolated and neglected inner world of the severely psychotic individual out of the back ward of the large gloomy mental hospital and on to the front pages of influential newspapers, journals and literary magazines . . . Everyone in contemporary psychiatry owes something to R.D. Laing."

Table of Contents

The Divided Self Preface to the Original Edition

Preface to the Pelican Edition

Part One

1. The existential-phenomenological foundations for a science of persons

2. The existential-phenomenological foundations for the understanding of psychosis

3. Ontological insecurity

Part Two

4. The embodied and unembodied self

5. The inner self in the schizoid condition

6. The false-self system

7. Self-consciousness

8. The case of Peter

Part Three

9. Psychotic developments

10. The self and the false self in a schizophrenic

11. The ghost of the weed garden: a study of a chronic schizophrenic

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140135374
Author:
Laing, R. D.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Laing, R. D.
Location:
London, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Self
Subject:
Psychiatry
Subject:
Schizophrenia
Subject:
Methodology x
Subject:
Movements - Behaviorism
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Pathological Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19650831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.78x5.12x.57 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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