Ronald David Laing – The Voice of Experience

R.D. Laing’s new book is one of his most important: a compelling synthesis of many of the themes with which he has been dealing in recent years, a major step forward in his own thought. It is about the nature of our experiences, our ability to feel, our understanding and acceptance of what we feel. At the same time, it is a convincing argument against those who wish to control those feelings, to negate them, to deny them, even to outlaw them. Laing draws on recent scientific and medical thought and practice to show the degree to which the validity of experience is denied by those unable to imagine that it may be there. He cites a number of telling instances of doctors’ deciding to tranquilize or even to incarcerate patients who are feeling understandable and valid emotions that the medical profession deems inappropriate. Rarely has Laing’s similarity to Foucault been more apparent than in this marvelous description of those who wish to control what we feel. Turning to some of his most illustrious predecessors – Freud, Jung, and Winnicott – Laing shows the openness with which they were willing to regard a whole range of experience: what we feel at birth or before it, what the experience of death may be, what other cultures have understood to be part of human experience. Laing argues convincingly for a similar receptiveness and sympathy for what may seem strange, immeasurable, or threatening. But his book is also a moving warning of what will happen to us if, instead of feeling, we let others decide what our emotions should be.




Experience and Science
The Objective Look
The Diagnostic Look
The Possibility of Experience
Birth and Before
The Prenatal Bond


Embryologems, Psychologems, Mythologems
Dual Unity
The Tie and the Cut-Off
Egg, Sphere and Self
Recessions and Regressions

Coda   źródło opisu: Pantheon Books, 1982 źródło okładki: Zdjęcie autorskie

Pantheon Books
data wydania:
1982 (data przybliżona)


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słowa kluczowe:
egzystencjalizm , antypsychiatria , psychiatria , psychologia głębi , filozofia , egzystencja , doświadczenie , tożsamość , doświadczenia perinatalne , krytyka scjentyzmu , mitologem , psychologem , embriologem , mit

nauki społeczne (psychologia, socjologia, itd.)