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The Divided Self

Author: R.D. Laing.

The Divided Self

Author: R.D. Laing.

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Item #: D21373
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780241562970
For centuries, society has tried to contain or cure the mentally ill, without fully understanding the problem. First published in 1960, this watershed work aimed to make madness comprehensible, and in doing so, opened up new possibilities for treatment. Using case studies of patients he had worked with, psychiatrist R. D. Laing argued that psychosis is not a medical condition, ... More
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For centuries, society has tried to contain or cure the mentally ill, without fully understanding the problem. First published in 1960, this watershed work aimed to make madness comprehensible, and in doing so, opened up new possibilities for treatment. 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.


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