The Divided Self
Grinnell's Psychology Department, however, did not offer much of what I was interested in. Their orie...more
The case studies showed a combination of empathy and rationality that I find rarely in any written works about people. His studies of Joan, and of Julie, which conclude the book, are tough for me to read without raising strong emotions.
Speaking as a student of philosophy, though, Laing's early work is best when he speculates, and phenomenological speculation may be one of t...more
Husband: Then why is it so small?
He was being funny, but he was also making a valid point. The explanation is that this book gets at the root cause of so many things...
The psychology classes I took in college were such awkward mashups of psychoanalysis and behaviorism, at once oversimplifications and obfuscations. If I'd known psychology could be like this, I might have majored in it.
The philosophy classes I took in college were more about t...more
The book contains several interesting case histories that illustrate the foundations of the...more
Laing's willingness (and expressed need) to engage schizoid/schizophrenics on their own terms and without treating them as afflicted by an irreparable pathology was incredibly novel at time of publication, and seems still a terribly under-ut...more
Aside from that... this is the most incredible little book on how it is to experience insanity I have ever read, not to witness it, but experience it. I read it in two days, because I couldn't let go of the exper...more
R.D. Laing does a fair a...more
There have been some mind-melting sections, some mind-bending sections and then there have been some enlightening and well crafted sections.
I've enjoyed reading every page - even the...more
Anyway yeah, I'm excited to write my essay now because of this book. Still a little intimidated by the topic (how does on...more
Incredible! Sometimes, painfully so!