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Jul 21, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laing/Sartre fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
I read this upon returning from one year's absence from Grinnell College during the course of which I'd become very interested in psychology, particularly Laing's branch of existential psychology and Jung's analytical psychology. Although I'd read one book of essays about Sartre and psychoanalysis, I had not read enough Sartre to truly appreciate this book. Indeed, I've never much liked Sartre, particularly after reading his Being and Nothingness and trying to read his Nausea.
Ronald David Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the subjective experience of psychosis. Laing's views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day by taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descrip ...moreMore about R.D. Laing