R. D. Laing: 50 Years Since 'The Divided Self

Author(s): Theodor Itten


First published in 1960, The Divided Self by Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing (1927 - 1989) set out to explain psychosis as an ordinary and understandable human experience. Laing's insight was absolutely revolutionary in its humane approach. One commentator described it as 'that particular touch of genius which causes one to say "Yes, I have always known that; why have I never thought of it before?". Collected in these pages are writings critically appraising Laing's life, work, frailties, brilliance, and his wide and varied influences over the last half century. You will find transcripts, memoirs, newly commissioned articles and a few previously published papers. Contributions have come from colleagues, friends and clients, as well as people who never knew him personally, yet deeply appreciate his work. Each is different in tone and character. Each captures something unique about Laing and his work. R.D. Laing was famous for his empathic perception, sagacious intellect and wisdom of the heart, as well as his rebelliousness and falling from grace. In reading this book you may be made to rethink some of your assumptions. We hope that you will find more than a little inspiration.


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For anyone interested in Laing and his ideas, this is a fascinating collection of interviews with the great man, followed by reflections - often warm and occasionally critical - of meetings with him, or of the influence he has had on our thinking today. Half a century after the publication of The Divided Self, this book is a timely reminder of Laing the man, and of his enduring importance. Richard Bentall, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool.

Theodor Itten (*1952) is a Psychotherapist UKCP and Clinical Psychologist MBPsS in private practice. He was an apprentice of psychoanalyst R.D. Laing and a student of Social Anthropologist Francis Huxley. From 1972 - 1981, was educated in Social Science, Psychology, Anthropology and Philosophy in the UK (Middlesex University and City University) and trained in psychoanalytical psychotherapy with the Philadelphia Association, London. He is a past President of the Swiss Psychotherapeutic Association and presently Executive Editor of the International Journal of Psychotherapy. He is author of RAGE-Managing an Explosive Emotion. (2011 Libri Publishing); Jahzorn (2007); Jack Lee Rosenberg (2002).Presently lives in Hamburg and St. Gallen. Courtenay Young is quite a well-known Body Psychotherapist, who has been practicing for over 30 years, working both in the National Health Service and privately as a counsellor and psychotherapist. He has been heavily engaged for over 20 years in the professional politics of psychotherapy and in the establishment of the independent profession of psychotherapy in Europe. He is the author of 2 books, Help Yourself Towards Mental Health and First Contacts with People in Crisis & Spiritual Emergencies.

CONTENTS Acknowledgements Introduction by Theodor Itten & Courtenay Young I.CONVERSATIONS 1.'Variations On My Theme Hanspeter Gschwend 2.Conversation in two Beds Phyllis Chesler and R.D. Laing 3.R.D. Laing in Conversation with Manfred Bleuler Theodor Itten II.PRAXIS and PROCESSES 4. Take as Long as It Takes Mina Semyon 5. R.D. Laing and long-stay patients David Abrahamson 6. Re-turning, Re-membering and Re-viewing Leon Redler 7. Soteria - A different approach to mental health Voyce Hendrix 8. 50 Years Since The Divided Self Murray Gordon 9. 'Tales from the boiling pot': Psychotherapy training and initiation Bruce Scott 10. The 'Divided Self': A personal account Courtenay Young 11. Personal recollections of Ronnie Laing Emmy van Deurzen 12.Love, will, and the hatred of reality Andrew Feldmar 13.The Fabric of Her Hope Susan Griffin 14. Where did it all go wrong? Chris Oakley III.REFLECTIONS and THEORIES 15. A New Introduction to The Divided Self Anthony S. David 16. From The Divided Self to The Voice of Experience Theodor Itten 17.Sanity, madness & memory Ron Roberts 18. The impact of the ideas of R.D. Laing on UK psychology students Brian Evans 19.More than fifty years after: Laing, Sartre & the Other Ljiljana Filipovic 20.Demystifying Madness Brent Potter 21.'Physician, Heal Thyself': The work of R.D. Laing Tom Ormay 22.Psychiatry and the Limits of Dualism Benjamin Sunkel-Laing 23. Editors' Insert: Re: DSM-V 24.Laing and Szasz Revisited Ron Roberts & Theodor Itten IV. ECHOS 25.The Liberating Shaman of Kingsley Hall Francis Huxley 26.Two Reviews of The Divided Self A.C. Smith; L. Ratna 27.The Controversy Continues: Letters from The Guardian, 2011. 28. R.D. Laing (1927-1989): A Biography Theodor Itten 29. R.D. Laing Quotations Compiled by Courtenay Young

General Fields

  • : 9781906254544
  • : PCCS Books
  • : PCCS Books
  • : October 2012
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2013
  • : books

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  • : Theodor Itten
  • : Paperback
  • : 616.8982
  • : 290