The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness

Author(s) : R.D. Laing

The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness

Book Details

  • Publisher : Penguin Books
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
    Existential therapy
  • Catalogue No : 523
  • ISBN 13 : 9780141189376
  • ISBN 10 : 0141189371
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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.

About the Author(s)

R.D. Laing, one of the best-known psychiatrists of modern times, was born in Glasgow in 1927. His writings range from books on social theory to verse, as well as numerous articles and reviews in scientific journals and the popular press. His many publications include The Divided Self, Self and Others, Interpersonal Perception, The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise, Madness and Folly. R.D. Laing died in 1989.

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