The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness
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Husband: Then why is it so small?
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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
our lives with the noisy crowd of our peccadilloes.
We killed God - in our childhood.
But I was much worse...
At the age of 12, I became what R.D, Laing terms “ontologically insceure” - like that experience was for Sartre’s anti-hero Roquentin - for run-of-the-mill, bargain-basement life no longer made much sense to me.
Why? Like Adam, I had heard the fateful footsteps of God approaching in my innocent garden. S ...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.
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on the other hand it makes me want to check myself into a mental hospital ASAP. but hey. pros and cons. ...more
As an introduction to this review, the actual process that R.D. Laing undertakes is one of empathically describing the lived experience of his patients that struggle with schizophrenia, in a relatable way. Moreover, Laing attempts to place the foundations of schizophrenic presentation within the family constellation. Notwithstanding this particular summation, my intent is to respect the specific nature of Laing’s endeavor while attempting to abstract his existential comportment and relatedness i...more
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
Incredible! Sometimes, painfully so!
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 Divided Self" is an existential study in sanity and madness. The subtitle says it all. It is existentialist in two ways.
First, it strikes against the whole schematization put forth by traditional psychiatry and the orthodox psychoanalysis, as both try to encapsulate the patient's psychology within rigid frameworks. To an existentialist's point of view, the pat ...more
The above was as succinct as I could be about this book. Literal also, except for the bit about this dimension (just checked and the bookcase is still there, phew). I'm not even sure what dimensions are exactly. R D Laing might urge you not to be so ontologically insecure, somewhat like this book did me all ...more
The thesis, in my interpretation: Madness arises from the tension between who we think we are and who we think others perceive us to be. If we are insecure, this tension may create a conflict, which may escalate along ever-widening spirals, destroying more and more of our healthy relations ...more