"Dr. Laing is saying something very important indeed. . . . This is a truly humanist approach."
Philip toynbee in the Observer
"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, 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."
R.D.Laing's "The Divided Self" is a zoo of schizophrenic. (I am not making fun of schizoids. I am one too. And I was not offended at all. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mitchell kato
an important book describing personal insecurity in mental illnessPublished 6 months 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 8 months ago by Privacy Concerns
After all these years it continues to be an amazing contribution to human thoughtPublished 9 months ago by Eugenia deheinzelin
Laing uses poetic language with great power of clinical penetration and wisdom.Published 12 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 on May 25, 2013 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 on April 12, 2013 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 on March 23, 2013 by Brian C.