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Sel Wks Rd Laing:Pol Family V5 (Selected Works of R.D.Laing) [Hardcover]

R. D. Laing
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10 Sep 1998 0415198224 978-0415198226 New Ed
First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (10 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415198224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415198226
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for research 16 Feb 2013
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a difficult read however this is compensated by the useful and helpful research material to help with course work and assignments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE CONTROVERSIAL PSYCHIATRIST RECOMMENDS STUDYING THE 'SOCIAL SITUATION' 7 Aug 2013
By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ronald David Laing (1927-1989) was a Scottish psychiatrist who was often considered part of the anti-psychiatry movement (although he rejected this characterization); he wrote many other books such as Politics of Experience, Self and Others, etc. He wrote in the Preface to this 1971 book, "This book consists of revisions of talks (except the first chapter) given in 1967-1968 on diverse occasions... The first chapter is virtually rewritten. Otherwise they are as they were: intended, then and now, to evoke questions rather than to provide answers."

He wrote in the first chapter, "The family discussed here is the family of origin transformed by internalization, partitioning, and other operations, into the 'family' and mapped back onto the family and elsewhere. It is to the relation between the observable structures of the family and the structures that endure as part of the 'family' as a set of relations and operations between them that this chapter is addressed." (Pg. 3-4)

He states, "Co-inherence compounded by reciprocal mapping of the 'family' of each onto the common family leads to what I have called the 'nexification' of the family. Such nexified families may become relatively closed systems; they are seen again and again in studying families of people diagnosed schizophrenic. This statement is very different from any assertion that such families cause schizophrenia." (Pg. 18) Later, he observes, "The smoothly working family system is much more difficult to study than one that is in difficulties." (Pg. 81)

He argues, "Such differential diagnosis of [a patient] is an elaborate diversion from the important issue: to diagnose (literally to see through) the social situation." (Pg. 29) He adds, "No one in the situation may know what the situation is. We can never assume that the people in the situation know what the situation is. A corollary to this is: the situation has to be discovered." (Pg. 33) Still later, he adds, "'Diagnosis' is appropriate for social situations, if one understands it as seeing through the social scene. Diagnosis BEGINS as soon as one encounters a particular situation, and never ends." (Pg. 40)

He asserts, "Schizophrenia is the name for a condition that most psychiatrists ascribe to patients they call schizophrenic." (Pg. 44) He suggests, "observations on the behaviour of animals in captivity tells us nothing reliable about their behaviour in their natural setting. The whole of our present civilization may be a captivity. But the observations upon which psychiatrists and psychologists have drawn in order to build up the prevailing picture of schizophrenia have, almost entirely, been made on human beings in double or even treble captivity." (Pg. 57-58)

Laing is not the highly controversial and polarizing figure he once was; with the passage of time, one can more easily appreciate what he had to say.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empirical and positivistic 15 Aug 2000
By M. OKAZAKI - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is strange of his writings. It is composed simply of interviews about patients and their families. These interviews were recorded by the tape recorders or the hidden observers. It's all of this book. All conversations or their situations, however, talk something important to us silently. No theoretical comments are added, but only the fact. Let the theoretical considerations trusted to others in other places. By understanding the malicious situations of the patients, it will show us the important method of the observation about our unconscious situations of conflicts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CONTROVERSIAL PSYCHIATRIST RECOMMENDS STUDYING THE 'SOCIAL SITUATION' 7 Aug 2013
By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
Ronald David Laing (1927-1989) was a Scottish psychiatrist who was often considered part of the anti-psychiatry movement (although he rejected this characterization); he wrote many other books such as Politics of Experience, Self and Others, etc. He wrote in the Preface to this 1971 book, "This book consists of revisions of talks (except the first chapter) given in 1967-1968 on diverse occasions... The first chapter is virtually rewritten. Otherwise they are as they were: intended, then and now, to evoke questions rather than to provide answers."

He wrote in the first chapter, "The family discussed here is the family of origin transformed by internalization, partitioning, and other operations, into the 'family' and mapped back onto the family and elsewhere. It is to the relation between the observable structures of the family and the structures that endure as part of the 'family' as a set of relations and operations between them that this chapter is addressed." (Pg. 3-4)

He states, "Co-inherence compounded by reciprocal mapping of the 'family' of each onto the common family leads to what I have called the 'nexification' of the family. Such nexified families may become relatively closed systems; they are seen again and again in studying families of people diagnosed schizophrenic. This statement is very different from any assertion that such families cause schizophrenia." (Pg. 18) Later, he observes, "The smoothly working family system is much more difficult to study than one that is in difficulties." (Pg. 81)

He argues, "Such differential diagnosis of [a patient] is an elaborate diversion from the important issue: to diagnose (literally to see through) the social situation." (Pg. 29) He adds, "No one in the situation may know what the situation is. We can never assume that the people in the situation know what the situation is. A corollary to this is: the situation has to be discovered." (Pg. 33) Still later, he adds, "'Diagnosis' is appropriate for social situations, if one understands it as seeing through the social scene. Diagnosis BEGINS as soon as one encounters a particular situation, and never ends." (Pg. 40)

He asserts, "Schizophrenia is the name for a condition that most psychiatrists ascribe to patients they call schizophrenic." (Pg. 44) He suggests, "observations on the behaviour of animals in captivity tells us nothing reliable about their behaviour in their natural setting. The whole of our present civilization may be a captivity. But the observations upon which psychiatrists and psychologists have drawn in order to build up the prevailing picture of schizophrenia have, almost entirely, been made on human beings in double or even treble captivity." (Pg. 57-58)

Laing is not the highly controversial and polarizing figure he once was; with the passage of time, one can more easily appreciate what he had to say.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars awareness 21 Mar 2014
By Bryan Stuppy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was difficult to understand. I concede this evaluation just reveals my lack of capacity. I will need to read it again. His description of how psychological rules are formed and how they are unconscious was difficult to follow. However, I agree with Dr. Laing that some of the rules formed in families are very negative.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empirical and positivistic 15 Aug 2000
By M. OKAZAKI - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is strange of his writings. It is composed simply of interviews about patients and their families. These interviews were recorded by the tape recorders or the hidden observers. It's all of this book. All conversations or their situations, however, talk something important to us silently. No theoretical comments are added, but only the fact. Let the theoretical considerations trusted to others in other places. By understanding the malicious situations of the patients, it will show us the important method of the observation about our unconscious situations of conflicts.
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