The Divided Self
Dr Laing's first purpose is to make madness and the process of going mad comprehensible. In this, with case studies of schizophrenic patients, he succeeds brilliantly, but he does more; through a vision of sanity and madness as 'degrees of conjunction and disjunction between two persons where the one is sane by com ...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 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
on the other hand it makes me want to check myself into a mental hospital ASAP. but hey. pros and cons.
Grinnell's Psychology Department, however, did not offer much of what I was interested in. Their orien ...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
What this basically means is that the author, a rogue psychiatrist quite well-versed in existential philosophy (there are numerous references to Heidegger and Sartre) as well as an appreciat ...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
The book contains several interesting case histories that illustrate the foundations of the ...more
Incredible! Sometimes, painfully so!
Although the author belatedly qualifies this effort in the preface as the work of a 28 year old, and though the close reader can see why he makes this statement, this book does seem worthy, in my opinion, to be read even all these years later. Of course I'll take cue and qualify that statement as being made by a nearly 35 year old that hasn't read too much contemporary psychology. I can certainly imagine someone having ta ...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