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When The Far Side of Madness was first published in 1974, John Weir Perry's deep insight into the nature of so-called "schizophrenia" opened the way for a radically new, more compassionate approach to this condition. This pioneering work of Jungian psychiatry reframes acute psychotic episodes in the context of visionary experience of schizophrenic patients and describes in ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Spring Publications (first published January 1st 1974)
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Mike McMahon
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Perry, a psychiatrist, discusses psychotic disorders from a Jungian perspective. He proposes that the content of delusion thought is meaning and is actually a renewal process where mythological themes, such as rebirth of the king, the hero's journey, being a new messiah, etc. is the psyche's attempt to move beyond a limiting mental framework. Perry believed that people can go thru this process and arrive at a state of being weller than well, on the far side of madness. I agree with Perry's argum ...more
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