The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise, Paperback Book

The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise Paperback


In `The Politics of Experience' and the visionary `Bird of Paradise', R.D.

Laing shows how the straitjacket of conformity imposed on us all leads to intense feelings of alienation and a tragic waste of human potential.

He throws into question the notion of normality, examines schizophrenia and psychotherapy, transcendence and `us and them' thinking, and illustrates his ideas with a remarkable case history of a ten-day psychosis. `We are bemused and crazed creatures,' Laing suggests.

This outline of `a thoroughly self-conscious and self-critical human account of man' represents a major attempt to understand our deepest dilemmas and sketch in solutions.`Everyone in contemporary psychiatry owes something to R.D.

Laing' Anthony Clare, the Guardian.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9780140134865

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