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- adj. Of or pertaining to R D Laing (1927-1989), Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness and psychosis, or his works or theories.
Unfortunately, the failure of Laingian therapies to help patients discredited “talk therapy” as a whole and encouraged total reliance on medication as a treatment.
For Nicola, the more gregarious, easygoing brother, it leads him to a career as a quasi-Laingian psychiatrist.
For years Lessing had been their guide through the mazes of racism, Marxism, South African politics, feminism, Jungian and Laingian psychology, and Near Eastern mysticism.
Generalisations are to be avoided, but in the Western societies of the 1950s and 1960s biddable girls and sensitive boys could all too easily develop the Laingian false self: this was one way of coping with that era's shark net of conformity, with its lists of do's and don'ts, and its view of the ideal domesticated woman and the dutiful and conscientious man.
My present condition of loving information rather than objects is some sort of Laingian adaptation, I suppose.
The weirdest moment is the six-minute album-closer, 'Warlock Psychologist', which (as anticipated) lays down some flatulent Black Sabbath-like guitar, topped with the lost recordings of Ozzy Osborne's sessions of Laingian therapy.
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