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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Mental Disorders in Philosophy of Cognitive Science categorize this paper. Rather than diagnosing a patient with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, psychiatrists should diagnose their patients as having delusions, paranoia, episodes of mania, and treat them accordingly.

He focuses the most on schizophrenia but also touches on bipolar disorder, general delusion, and depression. Very clear and humane.

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature

In any case, I found Bentall’s book very accessible from a non-specialist’s point of view. But I hurt for being such a coward. Psychosis and Human Nature by Richard Bentall. Emma Bell – unknown. He isn’t against biological mechanisms, however, he feels that its importance has been vastly overrated without sufficient evidence, and instead offers a joined-up psychopathology, combining bengall, sociology, developmental and cognitive psychology, developmental biology, genetics, and the neurosciences.

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.

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The title of this book is misleading. Penguin Books was RD Laing’s publisher. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. It is textured with particulars and details, but therein is a refreshing bsntall much-needed antidote to the sweepings of commercialised ‘cures’, teleological control, and damaging gross sentimentality. And I will brntall continue to ponder his suggestion that not just madness but illness may be culturally determined and that “it just might be possible to be mad in one culture but at the same time sane in another” and that what really matters is how well one functions in society, not whether one’s brain fits the Krapelinian idea of biologically “normal.

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Review of Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature by Richard Bentall

Bentall narrates the careers of some of the founding fathers of psychiatry, including Kraepelin, Bleuler, Jaspers and Schneider. Jul 22, Rowan rated it really liked it. The second is an analysis of investigations into current thinking about psychotic illness. Here are two small examples of the explanations provided for readers very ignorant of the basics involved in the discussion, including the fact that research into madness occurs in many different countries around the globe: Science Logic and Mathematics.

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. I already know that Bentall would reject the latter option. These undeniably terrible deeds should make clinicians wary of the abuses of medical power, but they do not explain or prefigure the ways in which we make diagnostic decisions today.

It was interesting and informative but OMG is it a slog. Reading this book liberated me from some of my symptoms, just from knowing their nature and origin. Sep 03, Jasper rated it it was amazing. Bentall is more than qualified for this type of book and pr Its gentall certainly isn’t misleading and gives a very impressive account of both psychosis and human nature.

It mdaness written in three parts. I’m not sure who Bentall intended as an audience. Here he tries to synthesise his thinking about the treatment of people with psychotic illnesses. Sign in Create an account. Jul 30, Rashad Raoufi added it. I am Norwegian so my English may be a bit poor.

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As they will be looking for CLEAR explanations about their condition and some marness advise on how to deal with their problems – and there is none of that in this book. Madness Explained takes you on a journey through psychiatric history, research and development, and argues that the long-prevailing doctrine after Emil Kraepelin is deficient regarding many aspects. In this ground breaking and controversial work Richard Bentall shatters the myths that surround madness.


This book provides plenty of evidence that the current model of diagnosing and treating psychosis leaves a lot to be desired. The huge weight of evidence that different psychiatrists using different systems from different cultures, plus other arbitrary factors, makes ‘diagnosis’ and ‘care’ a lottery. Want to Betnall saving…. Feb 03, Yolande rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have been a fan of Bentall’s ever since the early s, when Harper’s published an excerpt from his “Proposal to Classify Happiness as a Psychiatric Disorder.

Published April 29th by Penguin first published June 5th To ask other readers questions about Madness Explainedplease sign up. Read it if you work in this field or are just interested in psychosis in general. Capable of changing your perspective, and very educational. Apr 02, Maria rated it really liked it.

It is well written, so its wordiness arises not from verbosity but its monumental aim to create a new synthesis. Rather than diagnosing a patient with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, psychiatr I would have given this book four and a half stars were I able. Surely not professionals like psychiatrists or psychologists when he writes things like “don’t worry, you won’t need any knowledge of madjess to understand what I am going to say”.

In an interview for New Scientistwhen asked how he differed from the anti-psychiatrists, he answered that he was a scientist and that on the contrary Laing did not know when his ideas were inconsistent. So madnezs these psychological tests prove nothing more than that thought disordered patients are