The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release Date : 1990-04-26
ISBN 13 : 014194174X
Total Pages : 160 pages
Rating : 4.4/5 (194 users downloads)
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Download or read book The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise written by R. D. Laing and published by Penguin UK. This book was released on 1990-04-26 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In ‘The Politics of Experience’ and the visionary ‘Bird of Paradise’, R.D. Laing shows how the straitjacket of conformity imposed on us all leads to intense feelings of alienation and a tragic waste of human potential. He throws into question the notion of normality, examines schizophrenia and psychotherapy, transcendence and ‘us and them’ thinking, and illustrates his ideas with a remarkable case history of a ten-day psychosis. ‘We are bemused and crazed creatures,’ Laing suggests. This outline of ‘a thoroughly self-conscious and self-critical human account of man’ represents a major attempt to understand our deepest dilemmas and sketch in solutions. ‘Everyone in contemporary psychiatry owes something to R.D. Laing’ Anthony Clare, the Guardian.