The Divided Self by R.D. Laing
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The Divided Self by R.D. Laing, published 1960
This copy published by Pelican Books, 1965. Reprint from 1984.
A psychoanalytical study of schizophrenia through the lens of existentialism, utilizing the comparison of the human experience with popular philosophical theories (Kierkegaard, Sartre) and literature (Kafka, Beckett).
"The Divided Self is a unique study of the human situation.
Dr. Laing's first purpose is to make madness and the process of going mad comprehensible. In this, with case studies of schizophrenic patients, he succeeds brilliantly, but he does more; through a vision of sanity and madness as 'degrees of conjunction and disjunction between two persons where the one is sane by common consent,' he offers a rich existential analysis of personal alienation.
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."
This is a used copy in great condition with light cover wear.
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