R.D. Laing and the Paths of Anti-Psychiatry by Zbigniew Kotowicz

R.D. Laing and the Paths of Anti-Psychiatry

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In the 1960s and 1970s, the radical and visionary ideas of R. D. Laing revolutionized thinking about psychiatric practice and the meaning of madness. His work, fromThe Divided SelftoKnots, and his therapeutic community at Kingsley Hall, made him a household name. But after little more than a decade he faded from prominence as quickly as he had attained it.
R.D.Laing and the Paths of Anti-Psychiatryre-examines Laing's work in the context of the anti-psychiatry movement. Concentrating on his most productive decade, the author provides a reasoned critique of Laing's theoretical writings, investigates the influences on his thinking such as phenomenology, existentialism and American family interaction research, and considers the experimental Kingsley Hall therapeutic community in comparison with anti-psychiatry experiments in Germany and Italy. The book provides a much needed reassessment and re-evaluation of Laing's work and its significance for psychotherapy and psychiatry today.

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Zbigniew Kotowicztrained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with The Philadelphia Association and has worked as a community therapist and in private practice. He is now a freelance writer.
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Title:R.D. Laing and the Paths of Anti-PsychiatryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.3 inPublished:April 2, 1997Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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The radical and visionary ideas of R.D. Laing revolutionized thinking about psychiatric practice and the meaning of madness. Concentrating on his most productive decade the author provides a reasoned critique of Laing's theoretical writings, investigates the influences on his thinking such as phenomenology, existentialism and American family interaction research, and considers the experimental Kingsley Hall therapeutic community in comparison with anti-psychiatry experiments in Germany and Italy.