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Book Title: The Politics of the Family|
The author of the book: R.D. Laing
Edition: House of Anansi Press
Date of issue: September 27th 1997
ISBN 13: 9780887845468
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Read The Divided Self instead if you are new to Laing, read this only if you want to read all of his works.
This was a transcript of a radio broadcast, which is why Laing's genius does not shine so brightly here.
Similar to a few other "idealist" writers like Tim Leary, Carl Jung, David Foster Wallace and Friedrich Nietzsche, he expresses his thoughts in a very abstract, paranoid and polemic way which sometimes trips over itself by getting hung up on recurrences (thinking about thinking about thinking...ad infinitum), authorial bias (or maybe I am incapable of knowing this from my perspective), or unjustified polarising views (us vs. them).
Laing needs an editor more than most other writers, to ground and cut out some depth and recurrence from his abstractions.
Pros to the essay is that he does try and make a list of psychological coping mechanisms and give examples. Problems with the essay are that it is less focused and strong than any of those in The Politics of Experience and does not bring out any good new frameworks like The Divided Self.
I disagreed with Laing on some points in here. For example, his insistence that disgust for one`s own saliva is socially learned and unreasonable made sense to me, but I disagree that it is parallel to that for faeces which for me seems instead to clearly be an instinctive and rational way to avoid disease.
I think hearing this live would be interesting and seem very complicated, but when you have time to read and dissect it, it just does not hold up with the rest of his work.
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Read information about the authorRonald David Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the subjective experience of psychosis. Laing's views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day by taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as symptoms of some separate or underlying disorder.
Laing was associated with the anti-psychiatry movement although he rejected the label.
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