The outsider, estranged from himself and society, cannot experience either himself or others as 'real'. He invents a false self and with it he confronts both the outside world and his own despair. The disintegration of his real self keeps pace with the growing unreality of his false self until, in the extremes of schizophrenic breakdown, the whole personality disintegrates.
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About the Author
R.D. Laing's writings range from books on social theory to verse, as well as numerous articles and reviews in scientific journals and the popular press. His publications are: The Divided Self, Self and Others, Interpersonal Perception (with H. Phillipson and A. Robin Lee), Reason and Violence (introduced by Jean-Paul Sartre), Sanity, Madness and the Family (with A. Esterson), The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise, Knots, The Politics of the Family, The Facts of Life, Do You Love Me?, Conversations with Children, Sonnets, The Voice of Experience and Wisdom, Madness and Folly.
R.D. Laing died in 1989. Anthony Clare, writing in the Guardian, said of him: "His major achievement was that he dragged the isolated and neglected inner world of the severely psychotic individual out of the back ward of the large gloomy mental hospital and on to the front pages of influential newspapers, journals and literary magazines . . . Everyone in contemporary psychiatry owes something to R.D. Laing."
Table of ContentsThe Divided SelfPreface to the Original Edition
Preface to the Pelican Edition
1. The existential-phenomenological foundations for a science of persons
2. The existential-phenomenological foundations for the understanding of psychosis
3. Ontological insecurity
4. The embodied and unembodied self
5. The inner self in the schizoid condition
6. The false-self system
8. The case of Peter
9. Psychotic developments
10. The self and the false self in a schizophrenic
11. The ghost of the weed garden: a study of a chronic schizophrenic
What People are Saying About This
"Dr. Laing is saying something very important indeed. . . . This is a truly humanist approach."
Philip toynbee in the Observer
"It is a study that makes all other works I have read on schizophrenia seem fragmentary. . . . The author brings, through his vision and perception, that particular touch of genius which causes one to say Yes, I have always known that, why have I never thought of it before?'"
Journal of Analytical Psychology
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The title THE DIVIDED SELF in psychiatric jargon refers to a split personality which has always confused it with multiple personality disorders. But here the self is divided from what the so-called patient perceives as reality. It would be a philosophical problem then except the 'patient' is simply poorly educated and doesn't even know their problem is philosophical instead of some sort of objectified 'disease' which it is not. You can find the same basic approach to experience in Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger, and Sartre. It is Sartre that Laing gets his inspiration from, and he quotes Sartre at the top of chapter 8 to the effect that Sartre no longer believes in psychology at all, but instead resports to biography. This largely explains Laing's approach since, once you have a history of the person, it becomes a matter of explaning the full implications of their conflicts rather than curing a dirty 'diease.'