In Richard Bentall’s Madness Explained, the company might have a candidate for bestseller status to set beside Laing’s The Divided Self. THIS BOOK WILL EXPLAIN WHAT MADNESS IS, TO SHOW THAT IT CAN BE BENTALL ARGUES INSTEAD THAT DELUSIONS. Review of Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature by Richard Bentall. Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books: London, Penguin Books was.

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The final section concentrates on Bentall’s personal observation of and research into delusions and hallucinations. I’m not sure who Bentall intended as an audience. Bentall uses these striking examples as ballast for his argument that contemporary psychiatry is inevitably misled in its employment of drug treatment and adherence to diagnostic classification systems. Penguin Books was RD Laing’s publisher. Even outside of psychiatry, I madnsss the book with a feeling of having a deeper understanding of human nature.

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But I did because Bentall’s writing made the reading easy and the explainev clear. The appeal of anti-psychiatry may not have been dependent on Penguin Books, but the popularity and eminence of the publishers may have helped to create celebrity status for Laing. What I do appreciate though is the authors acceptance that there are many uncertainties in mental health To ask other readers questions about Madness Explainedplease sign up.


By making psychi atrists sound like dogmatists, eager to dole out tablets and unwilling to engage with patients, he ignores the fact that many are keen to provide those treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, that involve talking to patients and focusing on their problems and worries.

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature

A Study of Logophilia. The first is a history of our current understanding – or rather, “our misunderstandings”, as Bentall would have us believe – of serious mental illness.

But, in my view, his explanations are no explanations at maxness, they are just a psychological mapping of symptoms of psychosis. The historical section begins in 19th-century Germany. Bentall has the same radical streak, and sees his work as a ground-breaking way of thinking about madness and its treatment. Eplained is written in three parts.

Richard P. Bentall, Madness Explained – PhilPapers

Preview — Madness Explained by Richard P. While some of his mechanisms are hypothetical, this benall unavoidable when trying to offer a new paradigm as he is, and nevertheless, it’s based on solid research, with nothing feeling a huge extrapolation.

Mar 10, William Sandnes rated it it was amazing.

Refresh and try again. Also, while not the classical anti-psychiatry critique, he also argues that many psychotic symptoms reflect the core existential dilemmas of ordinary people, they’re preoccupations about the position of the self in the social universe, and the line between madness and satiety is very blurry.


The reason why this reads well is because criticizing others is easy compared to bringing forth your own ideas.

Review: Madness Explained by Richard P Bentall | Books | The Guardian

Descartes, Madness and Method. The title of this book is misleading. May 22, Holly rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 05, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 07, Natalie rated it it was amazing. He argues for a symptom-oriented approach post-Kraepelin.

Very clear and humane. This involves treating compassionately what we can and accepting more as “normal” what we can’t.

How to Practise Philosophy as Therapy: What I do appreciate though is the authors acceptance th I have to give this book a neutral rating of 3 stars. Throughout, he argues that Emil Kraepelin’s foundational schema for classifying madness into manic depressive and dementia praecox is fraught with a number of problems and should esplained abandoned.

In this ground breaking and controversial work Richard Madneds shatters the myths that surround madness. The Power of Babel: Trivia About Madness Explained