"It is a study that makes all other works I have read on schizophrenia seem fragmentary. . . . The author brings, through his vision and perception, that particular touch of genius which causes one to say Yes, I have always known that, why have I never thought of it before?'"
Journal of Analytical Psychology
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."
This book is a very clear and engaging introduction to the existential conception of the person.
Laing in this work develops an existential account of madness, which is in direct opposition to the modern dogma of psychiatry.
I learned a great deal about how to "be" with others from reading this and other of Laing's books.
an important book describing personal insecurity in mental illnessPublished 12 days ago by Frederick Mazie
This should be mandatory reading for Psychology majors, and anyone who wants to work in the mental health field. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Privacy Concerns
After all these years it continues to be an amazing contribution to human thoughtPublished 3 months ago by Eugenia deheinzelin
Laing uses poetic language with great power of clinical penetration and wisdom.Published 6 months ago by Antonio Sapienza
Very interesting depiction of madness.
How the author suggests the nature of the modern world interacts with modern man is intriguing.
This book was in excellent condition and was advertised appropriately. It has been extremely helpful in researching a condition and the price was amazing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lyn lewis
This book arrived super-fast and in way better condition than I thought it would. I prefer old/vintage books so sometimes it can be a challenge to find popular ones this in tact. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Echoe53
R.D. Laing begins this book with a methodological point. Science must begin with a description of its object, but objects can be described in different ways. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brian C.
Laing gives a unique perspective upon schizophrenic person that no other psychologist has ever given. This is a must have for a psychiatrist.Published on February 23, 2013 by Vladimir Snigur