Legacy of R.D. Laing | Michael Guy Thompson | Madness Radio

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Is psychosis a journey and a breakthrough to somewhere more authentic? Should unhappy people be made to adjust to a mad society? Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing was a fierce critic of the mental health system, and saw madness as a rational adaptation to irrational family and social constraints. Laing’s compelling prose, acute intellect, and spiritual insight made a huge cultural impact worldwide, shaping the psychiatric survivor movement and calling to overturn social conventions during the U.S. war in Vietnam and the revolutionary 1960s. How are Laing’s provocative insights about politics and culture still relevant today?

Michael Guy Thompson, a psychoanalyst and founder of the Gnosis Retreat Center, worked with R.D. Laing in London and has created hospital alternative sanctuaries for people struggling with experiences called psychosis. He directs the annual R.D. Laing in the 21st Century Symposium at Esalen Institute. www.gnosisretreatcenter.org www.michaelguythompson.com

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3 comments on “Legacy of R.D. Laing | Michael Guy Thompson | Madness Radio

  1. I’m currently reading ‘outside mental health’ which is stimulating, well done Mr Hall!
    Your radio programme has convinced me to read some of Laing’s work.
    I have myself suffered from the paradoxical effects of antipsychotics which has in the past led me to behave in ways which are completely out of character, with, it has to be said, serious consequences. When will there be information and exemples of the very dangerous aspects of antipsychotics in particular ?
    Perhaps this would be a good subject to grapple with for madness radio?
    My best wishes to Micheal Guy Thompson and Will Hall.

    1. Thanks! We’ve done many shows on antipsychotics, check the archives and topics search…

  2. I’m a real popular guy. Oh and thank you for posting my comments.

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