R. D. Laing

R. D. Laing: (Ronald David Laing) (lăng), 1927–89, British psychiatrist. After studying at Univ. of Glasgow (M.D., 1951), he taught there (1953–56), later moving to the Tavistock Clinic and Institute of Human Relations (1956–89) to conduct research on schizophrenia. He directed the Langham Clinic in London (1962–65), and founded a therapeutic community in which the hierachical distinction between physicians and patients was essentially eliminated. Laing maintained the controversial position that schizophrenia was a culturally conditioned, internal conflict, a reaction particularly to poor relations among family members. His works include The Divided Self (1960) and his autobiography, The Making of a Psychiatrist (1985).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

R. D. Laing: Selected full-text books and articles

Self and Others By R. D. Laing Routledge, 1999
The Making of Psychology: Discussions with Creative Contributors By Richard I. Evans Alfred A. Knopf, 1976
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 18 "R. D. Laing"
Psychologists on Psychology By David Cohen Taplinger Publishing, 1977
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "R. D. Laing"
Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology: A Historical and Biographical Sourcebook By Donald Moss Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 22 "Ronald Laing: Existentialism and Psychoanalysis"
The Philosophical Defence of Psychiatry By Lawrie Reznek Routledge, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Ronald Laing and the Rationalizing of Madness"
Knots By R. D. Laing Routledge, 1999
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