Sanity, Madness and the Family has ratings and 17 reviews. Erik said: After reading them in paperback, I purchased Laing’s The Divided Self, Self and. Sanity, Madness, and the Family: R.D. Laing: and published, with Aaron Esterson, Sanity, Madness, and the Family (), a group of studies of people whose. Sanity, Madness and the Family: R. D. Laing and A. Esterson – Volume Issue 3 – Anthony S. David.

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Laing thought that, if you listened, the patient would tell you fakily her world worked; the language might be metaphorical, even surreal, but that was logical in a context where plain speech had been penalised and where children had been taught, as they grew, to distrust their own perception and memory, and give way to the memories and perceptions of others.


To take mental health symptoms as purely organic is to ignore what is staring us in the face – we are whether we like it or not a product of our environment. Purchase access Subscribe to JN Learning for one year. Sanity, Madness and the Family: It contains eleven stories, all real, famkly eleven young schizophrenic women and their families.

If I wanted to be a writer, I didn’t have to worry about inventing material, I’d already got it. Very interesting, not least because parents in many of these case studies, to the modern sensibility, appear to have Aspergers Syndrome. The ploys, the shifts of sense, the secrets and the ambivalence still seem familiar. Laing’s ideas are out of favor these days.


So many of these family conversations seemed familiar to me: Our lalng uses cookies to enhance your experience.

I did not come away at all convinced of this thesis in terms of what is today called schizophrenia, but I still loved the book. Madnews 10, Sunny marked it as to-read.

Sanity, Madness and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics

His cultural influence has lasted, though some wish otherwise; his work reinforced the scepticism many feel about the biological basis of mental and emotional distress. Jenny rated it liked it Nov 07, Left is right, up is down, and, often enough, your mother’s anv sister, and your father’s not your father. This book, though not without its problems, did not disappoint.

I didn’t do anything. Dec 27, Enrique Valdivia rated it it was amazing.

Some authors reply sweetly: It is an unusual book since it is made up of studies of the families of schizophrenic women. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Madneess Miller wrote a bit about that- really affirming stuff.

Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. An interesting look at how families can effect the mental state of their members, and how subtle control mechanisms can lead to reactive psychotic behaviours in vulnerable individuals. I know their names are pseudonyms, but over the years I’ve wondered ths what happened to them, and if there’s anyone alive who knows, and whether any of them ever cut free from the choking knotweed of miscommunication and flourished on ground of their own: Some of us need a little push, before we recognise we have the right to pick up a pen.


Certain factors reappear consistently in the studies – talking o Very interesting, not least because parents in many of these case studies, to the modern sensibility, appear to have Aspergers Syndrome.

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Want to Read saving…. Get free access to newly published articles. All the patients profiled in the book are young women. That’s true as far as it goes, but if I am asked about “influences” I find it hard to give a slick answer.

Published December 1st by Penguin first published The initial impetus is lost in a murky swamp of happenstance.