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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Laing’s works I didn’t think I’d end up reading the whole thing. Jul 22, Rowan rated it really liked it. This book provides plenty of evidence that the current model of diagnosing and treating psychosis leaves a lot to be desired.

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Sign in to use this feature. The view that dominates current psychiatry, started by Kraepelin, the founder of modern scientific psychiatry in the early 20th century, and who popularized dementia praecox what we now call schizophrenia. Oct 24, Evan rated it really liked it. I think most psychiatrists would agree with Bentall that more research is needed into the efficacy of different treatments, but this betall not a particularly radical suggestion.

By making psychi atrists sound like dogmatists, eager to dole out tablets and unwilling to engage with patients, he ignores the fact that many are keen to provide those treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, that involve talking to patients and focusing on their problems and worries.

He discusses several possible mechanisms and hypotheses, in order to make an overall schema bentll a possible framework for madness. However, his critique of the biomedical model, represented by Emil Kraepelin, and its more recent revival in the neo-Kraepelinian approach to make psychiatric diagnoses more reliable, is overshadowed by his wholesale acceptance of cognitive science. Emma Bell – unknown.

Bentall is a non-Christian psychologist who doesn’t buy in to the medical model for the description and explanation of madness. I felt like giving up on the book several times and ended up skipping some parts of a few chapters.


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Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature by Richard P. Bentall

More needs to be said about how these two problems relate to mental illnesses. To ask other readers questions about Madness Explainedplease sign bwntall. However, I think realistically that this book is not for everybody: I can’t be the only msdness who just doesn’t give a shit and would have preferred to see the text move along more quickly. Sep 01, Helene rated it it was amazing.

But then he goes into a rather tedious enumeration of all sorts of predominantly psychological; hardly any biological research which show a variety of opposing results and can only lead to conjecture. 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. The publicity sets up its author, Richard Bentall, as an anti-psychiatrist in the manner of RD Laing, but the contents are actually much less controversial.

All these are relevant points, but surely we should improve our system of diagnosis and classification by enhancing the quality of research rather than abandon diagnoses altogether.

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

The reason why this reads well is because criticizing others is easy compared to bringing forth your own ideas. For me, what I particular appreciate about the book is the central emphasis upon emotion. Anja rated it it was amazing Jul 17, He points out the inconsistencies of psychiatric diagnoses and their lack of reliability. No trivia bfntall quizzes yet. The Limits of Madness. Science and nature books Higher education reviews.

What I do appreciate though is the authors acceptance that there are many uncertainties in mental health 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. But, in my view, his explanations are no explanations at all, they are just a psychological mapping of symptoms of psychosis.


Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature

Aug 20, Terri-louise Fountain rated it liked it. From the start it exposes that the way out of the epistemological quagmire that surrounds discussions of mental health or whatever you call it is to agree to agree with the most rudimentary taxonomies and classification systems provided they have coherence, stability and reliability. Some his proposed mechanisms include neurodevelopmental impairment, parent attachment, quality of parental communication, parental attributions, environmental stressors, cognitive vulnerabilities self-representation, theory of mind deficits, dysfunctional mega-cognition, etcprodromal characteristics and triggering events.

But how might auras and madness be connected? Penguin Books was RD Laing’s publisher. As is widely known, his ambition instead was drowned in drunkenness.

The book is a tome of pages. In Madness Explained leading clinical psychologist Richard Bentall shatters the modern myths that surround psychosis. How to Practise Philosophy as Therapy: Psychosis and Human Nature by Richard P.

While I was struck by the insights into Kraepelin and his contemporaries, Bentall prefers to dwell on extreme misuses of medical power, such as the Nazi sterilisations and murder of the mentally ill. I have to give this book a neutral rating of 3 stars.

I cannot face the slightest breath of real life or death or ugliness. A scientific page turner is not something you come across often.