Ronald David Laing

Ronald David Laing (7 October 1927 - 23 August 1989), was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness - in particular, the experience of psychosis. Laing's views on the causes and treatment of serious mental disfunction, 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 descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as symptoms of some separate or underlying disorder. Often associated with the anti-psychiatry movement, he himself rejected the label as such, as did certain others critical of conventional psychiatry at the time

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We have to realize that we are as deeply afraid to live and to love as we are to die.Rate it:
Whether life is worth living depends on whether there is love in life.Rate it:
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.Rate it:
Normality highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100, 000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years.Rate it:
Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.Rate it:
The brotherhood of man is evoked by particular men according to their circumstances. But it seldom extends to all men. In the name of our freedom and our brotherhood we are prepared to blow up the other half of mankind and to be blown up in our turn.Rate it:
The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation.Rate it:
There is no such condition as schizophrenia, but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event.Rate it:
We are all murderers and prostitutes --no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.Rate it:
We are bemused and crazed creatures, strangers to our true selves, to one another, and to the spiritual and material world -- mad, even, from an ideal standpoint we can glimpse but not adopt.Rate it:

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