Category Archives: RD Laing

How Societies with Little Coercion Have Little Mental Illness – Bruce Levine

http://brucelevine.net/how-societies-with-little-coercion-have-little-mental-illness/ ‘Coercion—the use of physical, legal, chemical, psychological, financial, and other forces to gain compliance—is intrinsic to our society’s employment, schooling, and parenting. However, coercion results in fear and resentment, which are fuels for miserable marriages, unhappy families, and what … Continue reading

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Madness and Beauty in the Heart of Darkness – Drake Spaeth

https://www.saybrook.edu/newexistentialists/posts/05-27-15 Click on the link for (sadly) the last of Drake Spaeth’s series of posts for Saybrook, this time with some thoughts arising on the recent death of John Nash, the brilliant mathematician whose life was the subject of Sylvia … Continue reading

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Learning to be with ourselves: a response to Understanding Psychosis – Elizabeth Svanholmer

http://beyondmeds.com/2015/04/20/learning/ Click on the link to visit Monica Cassani’s resource-rich site, http://www.beyondmeds.com, for this great piece by Elizabeth Svanholmer, commenting on the recent report by The British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology, edited by Anne Cooke and entitled:- ‘Understanding … Continue reading

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R.D. Laing on Pain

“There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.” R.D. Laing Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

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Thomas Szasz on ‘Freedom and Psychotherapy’ in conversation with Randall C. Wyatt

http://www.psychotherapy.net/interview/thomas-szasz Click on the link for this fascinating interview with Thomas Szasz, professor of psychiatry emeritus at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York, where he has taught since 1956. Randall describes him as ‘the foremost psychiatric critic of … Continue reading

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Gabor Mate: The Myth of Normal

Click on the link for this short film of the wonderful Gabor Mate talking about culturally prevalent myths of ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’, and their unhelpful nature. At this service, we also make sense of human experience in terms of a … Continue reading

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