R. D. Laing: 50 Years Since The Divided Self

Editor : Theodor Itten, Editor : Courtenay Young

R. D. Laing: 50 Years Since <i>The Divided Self</i>

Book Details

  • Publisher : PCCS Books
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 290
  • Category :
    Existential therapy
  • Category 2 :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 33928
  • ISBN 13 : 9781906254544
  • ISBN 10 : 9781906254

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First published in 1960, The Divided Self by Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing (1927 - 1989) set out to explain psychosis as an ordinary and understandable human experience. Laing's insight was absolutely revolutionary in its humane approach. One commentator described it as 'that particular touch of genius which causes one to say "Yes, I have always known that; why have I never thought of it before?"'. Collected in these pages are writings critically appraising Laing's life, work, frailties, brilliance, and his wide and varied influences over the last half century.

You will find transcripts, memoirs, newly commissioned articles and a few previously published papers. Contributions have come from colleagues, friends and clients, as well as people who never knew him personally, yet deeply appreciate his work. Each is different in tone and character. Each captures something unique about Laing and his work. R.D. Laing was famous for his empathic perception, sagacious intellect and wisdom of the heart, as well as his rebelliousness and falling from grace. In reading this book you may be made to rethink some of your assumptions. We hope that you will find more than a little inspiration.

About the Editor(s)

Courtenay Young is a humanistic, transpersonal and body-oriented psychotherapist, who has worked in a wide variety of different ways and in different situations in the mental health field over the last twenty-five years. He was resident psychotherapist at the Findhorn Foundation, an international spiritual community located in north-east Scotland, for over seventeen years, and now works privately, and in the NHS, as a psychotherapist and counsellor in and around Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.

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