The Divided Self (Paperback)
An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness
Penguin Books, 9780140135374, 224pp.
Publication Date: August 30, 1965
The outsider, estranged from himself and society, cannot experience either himself or others as 'real'. He invents a false self and with it he confronts both the outside world and his own despair. The disintegration of his real self keeps pace with the growing unreality of his false self until, in the extremes of schizophrenic breakdown, the whole personality disintegrates.
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Praise For The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness…
"Dr. Laing is saying something very important indeed. . . . This is a truly humanist approach."
Philip toynbee in the Observer
"It is a study that makes all other works I have read on schizophrenia seem fragmentary. . . . The author brings, through his vision and perception, that particular touch of genius which causes one to say Yes, I have always known that, why have I never thought of it before?'"
Journal of Analytical Psychology