The divided self an existential study in sanity and madness and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. In the divided self 1960 laing contrasted the experience of the ontologically secure person with that of a person who cannot take the realness aliveness autonomy and identity of himself and others for granted and who consequently contrives strategies to avoid losing his self. The divided self an existential study in sanity and madness by r d laing dr laings first purpose is to make madness and the process of going mad comprehensible. Penguin books the divided self r d laing one of the best known psychiatrists of modern times was born in glasgow in 1927 and graduated from glasgow university as a doctor of medicine. 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
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