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5.0 out of 5 stars
Vital subject matter, lucid writing, great reading., 12 Feb. 2007
This is a great book regardless of whether you would like to understand madness or psychosis. It is an example of a well researched, well written, entertaning, interdisciplinairy take on a complex, fascinating and much misunderstood element of human experience. Some of the reviews here state their own preferences to approaching the subject and cite limitations in Bentall's own (self-aware) attempts to comprehend the phenomena of 'madness' from his own scientific/social agenda but so what? This book opens the door to new avenues of comprehending human experience as it in the very least shows the variety of ways in which human beings attempt to comprehend who we are and the limitations of the perspectives we offer. No right answers are on offer here but a critical, entertaining and accessible (and pretty comprehensive) survey of data so you can begin to start making your own mind up. Perhaps the best start for engaging with the themes of Psychosis and Madness.