The Crucible of Experience: R. D. Laing and the Crisis of Psychotherapy

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One of the great rebels of psychiatry, R. D. Laing challenged prevailing models of madness and the nature and limits of psychiatric authority. In this brief and lucid book, Laing's widely praised biographer distills the essence of Laing's vision, which was religious and philosophical as well as psychological. The Crucible of Experience reveals Laing's philosophical debts to existentialism and phenomenology in his theories of madness and sanity, family theory and family therapy.

The Crucible of Experience: R. D. Laing and the Crisis of Psychotherapy 2000, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674002173

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