Self and Others

This work is available on its own or as part of the 7 volume set Selected Works of R D Laing
Self and Others This work is available on its own or as part of the volume set Selected Works of R D Laing

  • Title: Self and Others
  • Author: R.D. Laing
  • ISBN: 9780415198196
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Self and Others”

    1. Ten,academic but accessible, essays dealing with interpersonal experience and interpersonal action.The subjects considered relate to unconscious pretence,phantasy and the effects of collusion and disconfirmation in interpersonal relationships.Despite being written in the sixties it deals with timeless issues, and is an unsettling disclosure on the methods employed to combat ontological insecurity and the games we play with ourselves that sustain false-selves through self-betrayal.

    2. To me, this book reads more like a collection of essays on related topics rather than a coherent whole introducing a theory of human behavior. The topics are elusions, identity, collusions, attributions, phantasy, etc. and are illustrated with some "real" stories as well as with fragments from Sartre, Genet and Dostoyevsky. I am not sure that by reading "Self and Others" one can easily find an explanation of how people interact but instead one might become aware of many interesting questions.

    3. This is not a review: I didn't rate this 5 star, implying relevance of Laing's conception of self and other in present day social sciences and/or psy disciplines. Laing's scholarship continues to fascinates me in the context of the social scientific debates of the 1960s and 1970s as well as the social movements of the time, implicating the psychiatric nosology, etc. Laing should be more acknowledged and his work further incorporated in social scientific syllabi. I would have totally benefitted f [...]

    4. First half was very hard read for someone who know little psychoanalyst terminology. The book though became better and better and provoked quite a lot of though and interest in studying psychoanalysis deeper.

    5. In some aspects a typical product of the sixties, but still relevant. I liked the insights on pretending and evasion.

    6. Published on the heels of his first book, The Divided Self, Self and Others represents a continuation leading into Sanity, Madness and the Family, the most important of the three works. Having read them, one after the other, I think of them together.

    7. Despite being a psychologist, he has the novelist style of writing similar to Goffman. Very illuminating work!

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