Sanity, Madness and the Family has ratings and 17 reviews. Erik said: After reading them in paperback, I purchased Laing’s The Divided Self, Self and. Sanity, Madness, and the Family: R.D. Laing: and published, with Aaron Esterson, Sanity, Madness, and the Family (), a group of studies of people whose. Sanity, Madness and the Family: R. D. Laing and A. Esterson – Volume Issue 3 – Anthony S. David.

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The people in it seemed close enough to touch. But Sanity, Madness and the Family is vivid, direct, madnes. Sign in to make a comment Sign in to your personal account.

Clare rated it it was amazing Apr 05, Reading this book enabled me to look at my family in a new way. Laing was the anx partner in this collaboration. Create a free personal account to madneds a comment, download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts and more. Purchase access Subscribe to the journal. The weakest finds him or herself in a lose-lose situation, unable to please, locked in a circuit of invalidation.

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I think it showed powerfully that the ‘diseased’ person may be the one that is unable to cope within a closed and toxic family system. Return to Book Page. I hesitate to call what I found “truth”. It is a series of interviews with families, who each include one member who has spent time in psychiatric hospitals.

It’s what interviewers and audiences always ask for, and quite understandably; some explanation is needed for embarking on a course of conduct so egotistic, impoverishing and bizarre.


Purchase access Subscribe now. Jan 08, Katja rated lakng really liked it Shelves: I loved the transcription of the s dialogue. Paperbackpages. Jul 31, Andrew Barnett rated it it was amazing Shelves: The material was gathered between andso the families described still live in the shadow of the second world war.

Sanity, Madness and the Family; Families of Schizophrenics, ed 2.

Alice Miller wrote a bit about anc really affirming stuff. On Manchester high-rise estates I had seen the sour human comedy enacted: E very writer has a “How I became a writer” story. Sign in to save your search Sign in to your personal account. All this is played out in the pages of interviews, in trite little words that I cannot quote without the space to set the scene for each. It is clear in each of these families how the individuals went crazy, and in their own way, are the sanest people saniyt 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.

She was the teacher who most influenced my politics and critical thinking. James rated it it was amazing Nov 14, Feb 06, Danielle rated it it was amazing.

Laing’s ideas are out of favor these days.

Do these things go on in all sorts of families? This book enlightened me on this. The initial impetus is lost in a murky swamp of happenstance. They are very different, on the surface, from families today, but I wonder if the dynamics have changed so much. Oct 18, Kari rated it really liked it Shelves: In the course of the recorded conversations, their families trip and contradict them. Sign in to customize your interests Sign in to your personal account.


All the patients profiled in the book are young women. Sanity, Madness and the Family; Families of Schizophrenics, ed 2.

I needed to see my instincts systematised, and when I read Laing, the dynamics were suddenly clear. His cultural influence has lasted, though some wish otherwise; his work reinforced the scepticism many feel about the biological basis of mental and emotional distress. Be the first to ask a question about Sanity, Madness and the Family.

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.

I enjoyed the case history style of the book and felt whilst dated now I still learnt a lot. This is a scary book. I know their names are pseudonyms, but over the years I’ve wondered desperately what happened to them, and if there’s anyone alive who knows, and whether any of them ever cut free from the choking knotweed of miscommunication th flourished on ground of their swnity I did not come away at all convinced of this thesis in terms of what is today called schizophrenia, but I sanoty loved the book.

I also like the way he points out that we have a word for one who is ‘disturbed’ but not for one who is ‘disturbing’. Published December 1st by Penguin first published Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account.