The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness

“”Insanity – a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.”

Dr. R. D. Laing

There are many people no longer with us whose ideas, actions, writings, thoughts (etc) feed into a modern-day new vision for mental health. R. D. Laing is is one of them. The Divided Self is one of his best known books.

The publishers say:

The Divided Self, R.D. Laing’s groundbreaking exploration of the nature of madness, illuminated the nature of mental illness and made the mysteries of the mind comprehensible to a wide audience.

First published in 1960, this watershed work aimed to make madness comprehensible, and in doing so revolutionized the way we perceive mental illness. Using case studies of patients he had worked with, psychiatrist R. D. Laing argued that psychosis is not a medical condition, but an outcome of the ‘divided self’, or the tension between the two personas within us: one our authentic, private identity, and the other the false, ‘sane’ self that we present to the world.

Laing’s radical approach to insanity offered a rich existential analysis of personal alienation and made him a cult figure in the 1960s, yet his work was most significant for its humane attitude, which put the patient back at the centre of treatment.”

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