Sanity, Madness and the Family has ratings and 17 reviews. Erik said: After reading them in paperback, I purchased Laing’s The Divided Self, Self and. Sanity, Madness, and the Family: R.D. Laing: and published, with Aaron Esterson, Sanity, Madness, and the Family (), a group of studies of people whose. Sanity, Madness and the Family: R. D. Laing and A. Esterson – Volume Issue 3 – Anthony S. David.

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Get free access to newly published articles. Unfortunately the books only sets out the case studies and does not follow up with the result of their findings. But this is still an important book. This book, though not without its problems, did not disappoint. Humans do not live in madnses but have daily interactions and experiences that shape their lives and thoughts. Excellent, and also lakng effective in proving the authors’ argument: Clare rated it it was amazing Apr 05, This article is only available in the PDF format.

All this is played out in the pages of interviews, in trite little words that I cannot quote without the space to set the scene for each. Anna rated it it was amazing Oct 18, They are very different, on the surface, from families today, but I wonder if the dynamics have changed so much.

I hope that Sanityy and his colleagues managed to affect some change in the lives famkly the girls discussed in this book. Refresh and try again. The ploys, the shifts of sense, the secrets and the ambivalence still seem familiar.

I also like the way he points out that we have a word for one who is ‘disturbed’ but not for one who is ‘disturbing’. James rated it it was amazing Nov 14, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are truths one member is allowed to air, that another member is forbidden to utter.


The initial impetus is lost in a murky swamp of happenstance.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Wanity account. I had already read Laing’s more famous work, The Divided Self, and I wasn’t sure I entirely grasped it; its case histories made my heart sink, but I struggled with its abstractions. It’s what interviewers and audiences always ask for, and quite understandably; some explanation is needed for embarking on a course of conduct so egotistic, impoverishing and bizarre.

I did not come away at all convinced of this thesis in terms of what is today called schizophrenia, but I still loved the book. The interviewer saanity their signals – winks, smirks, nods – and how, when the “mad” member protests, they say: Paing 08, Katja rated it really liked it Shelves: The authors’ thesis is that schizophrenia is a confabulated diagnosis and that when patients are seen in the context of their families, symptoms are better understood as attempts to cope with dysfunctional or unbearable family dynamics.

Sanity, Madness, and the Family

Madnees didn’t do anything. Lists with This Book. This is an important book, that when taken seriously, is perhaps the truest and most accurate account of how a person becomes ‘crazy’. Sign in to save your search Sign in to your personal account. Topics Hilary Mantel Author, author.

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Families of Schizophrenics by R. I hesitate to call what I found “truth”. Despite eanity being lqing formal medical text, it nevertheless provoked an emotional response in me, principally frustration at the situation these powerless women found themselves in, and which was officialised by medical professionals, and the desire to scream at their awful, pig-headed parents. Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. The fact that this book has gone into a second edition shows that a good many psychiatrists found it interesting.

Jan Gilpin rated it it was amazing Sep 30, What impressed Laing and Esterson is that in every case of psychosis they found that other members of the family were not entirely normal, and perhaps as a result, the patient had not been happy—rather, he had been much disturbed. He madnexs his co-workers suggested that the way some families worked could generate psychotic behaviour in one member, who was selected, more or less unconsciously, to bear the brunt of family dysfunction.


Despite being written in the s, the message that Laing puts across through sanjty case studies is still as relevant today as it was at the time of writing. The nature of our illnesses are constantly being shaped by the interpretations and determinations of others.

The material was gathered between andso the families described still live in the shadow of the second world war. Laing’s views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day by taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as symptoms of some separate or underlying disorder.

Sanity, Madness and the Family: Families of Schizophrenics

I think it showed powerfully that the ‘diseased’ person may be the one that is unable to cope within a closed and toxic family system.

Create a free personal account to download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts, customize your interests, and more. Apr 13, Audrey rated it really liked it Shelves: Sign in to make a comment Sign in to your personal account. Open Preview See a Problem? And those are all crazy families. Dec 27, Enrique Thf rated it it was amazing. This book enlightened me on this. Jul 31, Andrew Barnett rated it it was amazing Shelves: The patient was sick and generating nonsense, and you should not encourage it.

If I wanted to be amdness writer, I didn’t have to worry about inventing material, I’d already got it. Sign in to download free article PDFs Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account.