R. D. LAING QUOTES IV

Scottish psychiatrist (1927-1989)

In a world full of danger, to be a potentially seeable object is to be constantly exposed to danger. Self-consciousness, then, may be the apprehensive awareness of oneself as potentially exposed to danger by the simple fact of being visible to others. The obvious defence against such a danger is to make oneself invisible in one way or another.

R. D. LAING, The Divided Self

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I'm ridiculous to feel ridiculous when I'm not.

R. D. LAING, Knots

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In the society of men the truth resides now less in what things are than in what they are not.

R. D. LAING, introduction, The Politics of Experience

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Few books today are forgivable. Black on canvas, silence on the screen, an empty white sheet of paper are perhaps feasible.

R. D. LAING, introduction, The Politics of Experience

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Human beings seem to have an almost unlimited capacity to deceive themselves, and to deceive themselves into taking their own lies for truth.

R. D. LAING, The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise

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Our time has been distinguished, more than by anything else, by a mastery, a control, of the external world, and by an almost total forgetfulness of the internal world. If one estimates human evolution from the point of view of knowledge of the external world, then we are in many respects progressing. If our estimate is from the point of view of the internal world, and of oneness of internal and external, then the judgment must be very different.

R. D. LAING, "Transcendental Experience in Relation to Religion and Psychosis", The Psychedelic Review, 1964

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We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love.

R. D. LAING, The Politics of Experience

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A mental healer may be a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist may or may not be a mental healer.

R. D. LAING, Wisdom, Madness and Folly: The Making of a Psychiatrist

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