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Title:The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness
Format Type:Ebook
Author:R.D. Laing
Publisher:Penguin
ISBN:0140135375
ISBN 13:
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Category:Psychology, Non fiction, Philosophy, Science, Mental health

The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness by R.D. Laing

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness In The Divided Self Laing contrasted the experience of the ontologically secure person with that of a person who cannot take the realness aliveness autonomy and identity of himself and others for granted and who consequently contrives strategies to avoid losing his self Laing explains how we all exist in the world as beings defined by others who carry a model of us in their heads just as we carry models of them in our heads In later writings he often takes this to deeper levels laboriously spelling out how A knows that B knows that A knows that B knows Our feelings and motivations derive very much from this condition of being in the world in the sense of existing for others who exist for us Without this we suffer ontological insecurity a condition often expressed in terms of being dead by people who are clearly still physically alive .

This watershed work aimed to make madness comprehensible and in doing so revolutionized the way we perceive mental illness Using case studies of patients he had worked with psychiatrist R D Laing argued that psychosis is not a medical condition but an outcome of the divided self or the tension between the two personas within us one our authentic private identity and the other the false sane self that we present to the world Laing s radical approach to insanity offered a rich existential analysis of personal alienation and made him a cult figure in the s yet his work was most significant for its humane attitude which put the patient back at the centre of treatment R D Laing one of the best known psychiatrists of modern times was born in Glasgow Scotland .

This work is available on its own or as part of the volume set iSelected Works of R D Laing

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The Facts of Life: An Essay in Feelings, Facts and Fantasy, The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise, The Politics of the Family and Other Essays, The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness, Self and Others, Knots, Sanity, Madness and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics, Wisdom, Madness and Folly: The Making of a Psychiatrist 1927-57, Do You Love Me? An Entertainment in Conversation and Verse, Conversations with Children