Self and Others Author:R. D. Laing This book is an exploration of some aspects of the relations between persons. The first part examines different modes of experience as forms of relationships. In the second part, some key patterns of interaction are considered, especially those that characterize certain extreme forms of disturbance or breakdown of relationships. — The author has ... more »drawn on diverse sources, on psychoanalys, phenomenology, on American studies of families, and on the insights of drama and the novel. His study includes a detailed critique of a technical psychoanalytic paper on fantasy; a close examination of the experience of Raskolnikov before his crime, and of his relations with his mother and sister; an analysis of aspects of Genet's play "The Balcony", and a concise summary of the "double bind" theory.
As in his other books, Dr. Laing here attempts to focus on specific facets of the problem, in the light of a theory that comprehends these facets within a non-fragmented vision of human relations.
This is a thoroghly revised edition of a book originally published in 1962.« less