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Return to Book Page. Preview — Sanity, Madness and the Family by R. Laing ,. Aaron Esterson. In , while working at the Tavistock, John Bowlby introduced Laing to Gregory Bateson's double bind theory of schizophrenia.
Intrigued, Laing engaged another Glaswegian, Dr. Aaron Esterson, in an intensive phenomenological study of more than families of diagnosed schizophrenics in the London area. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Shelves: psychology. The investment seemed worth it because at the time the third book had had a great influence on my thinking. Sanity, Madness and the Family addresses schizophrenia from the perspective of social conditioning, supposedly finding from an extensive empirical survey that a study of the families of schizophrenics will reveal causes for the psychosis sufficient to disc After reading them in paperback, I purchased Laing's The Divided Self, Self and Others, and Sanity, Madness and the Family in hardcover.
Sanity, Madness and the Family addresses schizophrenia from the perspective of social conditioning, supposedly finding from an extensive empirical survey that a study of the families of schizophrenics will reveal causes for the psychosis sufficient to discount hypothetical physical aetiologies. Sin embargo, algunas palabras como "Siempre" o "Bueno, Oct 18, Kari rated it really liked it Shelves: psychology-science-education. Despite being written in the s, the message that Laing puts across through these case studies is still as relevant today as it was at the time of writing.
Mental health cannot be assessed out of context. Every action and trigger has a root in the environment of the patient and to separate them or neglect them completely is to me totally illogical. Humans do not live in isolation but have daily interactions and experiences that shape their lives and thoughts.
To take mental health symptoms as Despite being written in the s, the message that Laing puts across through these case studies is still as relevant today as it was at the time of writing. 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. The nature of our illnesses are constantly being shaped by the interpretations and determinations of others. As Laing shows, if this diagnosis is taken based on the families sole decree of what is wrong then it will naturally be skewed and even purposely false.
I hope that Laing and his colleagues managed to affect some change in the lives of the girls discussed in this book. Unfortunately the books only sets out the case studies and does not follow up with the result of their findings.
A fascinating read that will leave a lasting impression. Apr 22, Rebecca DeLucia rated it liked it. Really shocking to see in these case studies how the behaviour of parents can engender behaviour in children that can be interpreted as pathological. Criteria for selection were not based on family background but on symptoms of the patient, and yet it is the behaviour of the families not the patients that is most disturbed and disturbing. An important book but also a rather sad book.
These young women could have been so much happier Really shocking to see in these case studies how the behaviour of parents can engender behaviour in children that can be interpreted as pathological.
These young women could have been so much happier if raised in different environments. Hopefully we have learned some lessons from this study Jul 31, Andrew Barnett rated it it was amazing Shelves: therapy-healing.
This book blew my world open. Yes, people become schizophrenic due to their environment. Yes, people can be driven to madness by their families, when they are told their pain is their fault, or not real, and they are isolated, and are forced to accept a reality that is not true to their experience.
It is clear in each of these families how the individuals went crazy, and in their own way, are the sanest people in their families, and have moments of connected clarity about their family life and d This book blew my world open.
It is clear in each of these families how the individuals went crazy, and in their own way, are the sanest people in their families, and have moments of connected clarity about their family life and dynamics that the rest of the family is denying the reality of. This is an important book, that when taken seriously, is perhaps the truest and most accurate account of how a person becomes 'crazy'. Please read it. Jan 08, Katja rated it really liked it Shelves: z-lib , en , non-fiction.
This is a scary book. It contains eleven stories, all real, of eleven young schizophrenic women and their families. The point made in every story is basically the same: the bizarre beliefs and strange behavior become intelligible if one considers every woman in the context of her family. And those are all crazy families. For example, the Edens are the father, mother, aunt, uncle and cousin. So far so good. But the later schizophrenic daughter grew up knowing them as in the same order uncle, This is a scary book.
Dec 27, Enrique Valdivia rated it it was amazing. She was the teacher who most influenced my politics and critical thinking. An amazing person. Reading this book enabled me to look at my family in a new way. I hesitate to call what I found "truth". It was more like the beginning of a journey out of the my family's consensus about what was true. Laing's ideas are out of favor these days.
But this is still an important book. As Lugones put it in class the day we discussed it, what we call insanity can sometimes be understood as "a rational response to an irrational situation. I read this because I am obsessed with the idea that pathological conditions cannot be located within an individual.
This book, though not without its problems, did not disappoint. Highly recommended to those interested in the history of madness. Nov 14, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: dissertation-books. Once again, this text shows just how convincing Laing's works truly are, despite me not actually being convinced by his theories.
This work definitely shows the connections between the patients' schizophrenia and how their families construct or lead to that diagnosis and in that sense it was quite interesting.
I also appreciated how much respect the authors had for the patients' words. This work was incredibly repetitive, but I suppose that's in the nature of having a collection of case studies Once again, this text shows just how convincing Laing's works truly are, despite me not actually being convinced by his theories. This work was incredibly repetitive, but I suppose that's in the nature of having a collection of case studies all set on proving the same thing.
It is also interesting how much of it read like a play or short story, which goes back to Freud's lament that his case studies should read like fiction. An interesting text. 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.
Quite dated now, as society has become more tolerant and better aware of the issues described in the book. Having said that, it is still worth a read if you are interested in the social-psychological dynamics of families. Jun 18, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , need-review , nonfiction. Review to come!
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