Ronald David Laing


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  • In the society of men the truth resides now less in what things are than in what they are not. Our social realities are so ugly if seen in the light of exiled truth, and beauty is no longer possible i...
    R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. Introduction, The Politics of Experience (1967).
  • ''Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.''
    R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. The Divided Self, ch. 2 (1959).
  • ''Freud was a hero. He descended to the "Underworld" and met there stark terrors. He carried with him his theory as a Medusa's head which turned these terrors to stone.''
    R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (b. 1927), British psychiatrist. The Divided Self, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1959).
  • ''There is no such "condition" as "schizophrenia" but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event.''
    R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. The Politics of Experience, ch. 5 (1967).
  • Normality highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in th...
    R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (1927-1989), British psychiatrist. The Politics of Experience, ch. 1 (1967).
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