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The Facts of Life [Paperback]

R.D. Laing
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27 Oct 1977
Psychiatrist, prophet, philosopher and poet, R.D. Laing was one of the most stimulating thinkers of the 20th century. His books "The Divided Self" and "Self and Others" revolutionized the common understanding of such concepts as madness, family life and society. This book brings together personal reflections, a scientific lecture, haunting overheard conversations, disturbing accounts of callous conventional psychiatry and poignant scenes from Laing's childhood. The author looks at sex, our personalities and some of our psychological problems tracing these back to birth and the cutting of the cord, even to life in the womb. The implications challenge many of our most cherished assumptions about life.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 Oct 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014004423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140044232
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exposure 11 May 2014
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Has a brilliant intro to a family history and how the dynamics flow, then it shifts to reflect upon birth trauma and how this impacts upon later adult psychologies. For me however this was more speculative and difficult to relate back to working with people. The key impact however were the snippets from psychiatry, the first things medical students learn is how to bash in frogs heads and then study their nervous systems.

Laing focuses on the inherent inhumanity within "medicine" showing from inception that it is based on a form of desensitisation which allows Doctors to reduce people to their symptoms as specimens. Gone is the person, removed in a flash, showing the inherent bogus facade of a pseudo science such as psychiatry.

Naturally those immersed within this bogus creed vilified him, in the same way that Copernicus and Galileo were terrorised by the Catholic Church, because Laing undermined the belief in the sanctity of this "profession" which is all bells and whistles. Psychiatric practitioners are those who project their inability to connect to others a s a form of ersatz professionalism, based upon the objectification inherent within the natural sciences.

The book does go for a wander when Laing describes the effects of the birth experience and how this affects later life. However he raises the question of how many of us were truly wanted and greeted with euphoria. This is the crux for later human development. And it is how people are treated as human beings which shapes their later development.

Therefore this book ranges across a series of themes and appears as a collection of out takes but it is very interesting due to its range.
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3.0 out of 5 stars RD Land is Brillant but sometimes hard to read. 1 Sep 2013
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The author is a genius and captures the logic of supposed mental illness. I no longer believe in mental illness but of people who have truamas and pain and need support of others and to some extent professionals. Its those that are psychotic that need a Shaman or spiritual person rather than a medical doctor. Psychosis is healing process and should not be blocked by a system of care. RD Lang is a pioneer in the need for real support for people in need not drugs. MM
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