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Testimony of Experience: Docta Ignorantia and the Philadelphia Association Communities Paperback – 2 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: PCCS Books; 1st edition (2 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906254648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906254643
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.5 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,210,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book lets us hear the testimonies of the many people who have lived in the Philadelphia Association Community Houses. Their accounts give a fascinating insight into what it was like to have been a resident in such places. We hear of the experience of living with other people, many of whom were seriously mentally disturbed. We listen into the debates about whether medication was of value and we see how different therapists operated. The most famous, of course, was RD Laing who is remembered fondly by most of the residents and who comes across in these interviews as a charismatic and innovative figure, ready to engage with others. Bruce Scott sensitively frames these testimonies in the context of his wide reading of philosophy, religion and psychotherapy. The book greatly adds to our understanding of this turbulent but important era. --Dr Allan Beveridge, Consultant Psychiatrist, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline and author of Portrait of the psychiatrist as a young man. The early writings and work of RD Laing, 1927-1960.

Bruce Scott's book is a well written and illuminating testimony of people's personal experiences of living within a community household. My father RDLaing was one of the co-founders of The Philadelphia Association which set up these community houses as an alternative to conventional psychiatric wards and treatments. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in mental health. --Karen Laing , Psychotherapist

Bruce Scott's book is a well written and illuminating testimony of people's personal experiences of living within a community household. My father RDLaing was one of the co-founders of The Philadelphia Association which set up these community houses as an alternative to conventional psychiatric wards and treatments. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in mental health. --Karen Laing , Psychotherapist

About the Author

Bruce Scott, PhD, completed his existential and phenomenological informed training in psychoanalysis with the Philadelphia Association in London, an organisation founded by R.D. Laing and others in 1965. He is also an experimental psychologist and has conducted research into the cognitive model of depression and the cognitive effects of SSRI antidepressants. He is a member and on the board of governors of the College of Psychoanalysis-UK, and a member of the Philadelphia Association. He currently lives in the Scottish Borders with his wife and son. He works in private practice in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh and continues to work as an independent writer and researcher.


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