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Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. ---->>>

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.

Rule A: Don't. Rule A1: Rule A doesn't exist. Rule A2: Do not discuss the existence or non-existence of Rules A, A1 or A2. ---->>>

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds. ---->>>

We are all in a post-hypnotic trance induced in early infancy. ---->>>

There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain. ---->>>

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death. ---->>>

Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent. ---->>>

True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is. ---->>>

We are all murderers and prostitutes - no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be. ---->>>

We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love. ---->>>

Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings. ---->>>

There is no such condition as 'schizophrenia', but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event. ---->>>

If I don't know I don't know, I think I know. If I don't know I know, I think I don't know. ---->>>

Creative people who can't help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane. ---->>>

Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair. ---->>>

Whether life is worth living depends on whether there is love in life. ---->>>

Children do not give up their innate imagination, curiosity, dreaminess easily. You have to love them to get them to do that.

Children do not give up their innate imagination, curiosity, dreaminess easily. You have to love them to get them to do that.

The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation. ---->>>

Freud was a hero. He descended to the Underworld and met there stark terrors. He carried with him his theory as a Medusa's head which turned these terrors to stone. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Scottish
Born: 10-07, 1927
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Die: 08-23, 1989
Occupation: Psychologist
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Ronald David Laing (7 October 1927 – 23 August 1989), usually cited as R. D. Laing, was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the experience of psychosis. Laing's views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day by taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as symptoms of some separate or underlying disorder (wikipedia)