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The Divided Self
The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness | R. Laing
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First published in 1960, this watershed work aimed to make madness comprehensible, and in doing so revolutionized the way we perceive mental illness. Using case studies of patients he had worked with, psychiatrist R. D. Laing argued that psychosis is not a medical condition but an outcome of the 'divided self', or the tension between the two personas within us: one our authentic, private identity, and the other the false, 'sane' self that we present to the world.
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Currently reading / currently loving. Laing combines modern psychoanalytic theories on schizophrenia with existentialism, including comparisons with Sartre, Kafka, and Beckett.

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In a world full of danger, to be a potentially seeable object is to be constantly exposed to danger. Self-consciousness, then, may be the apprehensive awareness of oneself as potentially exposed to danger by the simple fact of being visible to others. The obvious defence against such a danger is to make oneself invisible in one way or another.

Suet624 Well that explains a lot about me! 3y
Anupriya @anshul9182 totally what I have been thinking this year for all my problems 3y
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