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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He discusses each pathway individually, going to an excruciating level of detail. It is well written, so its wordiness arises not from verbosity but its monumental aim to create a new msdness. The complaints being simply the result of the combination of the pathways mentioned above.

However, my disappointment with Bentall is greater, and it takes longer to get there because of the length of the book. The book sets out with a similar aim to Laing to make madness more understandable.

Bentall is frequently defensive about the response of psychiatrists to his work. I used it for building character and for a paper i was writing and it provided useful details for both. I hope he went on to write other books. A very good, academic overview of how the problems with psychiatry and its traditional views of madness developed. I am Norwegian so my English may be a bit poor.

The same success may be anticipated and desired for Madness Explained by Richard Bentall. Anja rated it it was amazing Jul 17, Oct 07, Tiago Faleiro rated it it was amazing Shelves: He seems to appreciate the uncertainties of mental health practice, but then seeks to fix them in a symptom-orientated approach. I am going to enjoy this. But I did because Bentall’s writing made the reading easy and the arguments clear. If you’re looking for something easy to digest and simply an overview of madness, this is definitely not the book for it.


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

Although Laing may have thought that he was creating a new social phenomenological understanding, he never actually wrote such a grandiose work. Nov 23, Abailart rated it it was amazing.

While some of his mechanisms are hypothetical, this is unavoidable when trying to offer a new paradigm as he is, and nevertheless, it’s based on solid research, with nothing feeling a huge extrapolation. Surely because they heard these patients talk in an unusual way i. Reading this book liberated me from some of my symptoms, just from knowing their nature and origin.

I realize it’s only three words, but when you have a book over pages long, even three extra words in every single paragraph and there are indeed at least three extra words in every single paragraph add up. Bentall is more than qualified for this type of book and pr Its name certainly isn’t misleading and gives a very impressive account of both psychosis and human nature. The book is designed to be accessible to non-specialists and lay people, as well as mental health professionals.


How did the researchers select the group of thought disordered patients in the first place? For me, what I particular appreciate about the book is the central emphasis upon emotion. Sign in to use this feature. Rather than base this awareness in existentialism as did Laing, it has modernised the approach in recent empirical psychological research.

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Apr 26, Angus MacHaggis rated it really liked it. Jul 30, Rashad Raoufi added it. Likewise, no researchers mentioned in this book madnees ever just psychologists or psychiatrists–no, they are British psychologists or American psychiatrists or Australian clinicians, or located in Manchester or Los Angeles or Perth. He bentzll several possible mechanisms and hypotheses, in order to make an overall schema of a possible framework for madness. Each one with madnesz variables and interacting with each other.

David Carr – – Philosophical Investigations 33 2: I already know that Bentall would reject the latter option. Dec 21, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: We need, Bentall argues, a radically new way of thinking about psychiatric problems – one that does not reduce madness to bain chemistry, but understands and accepts it as part of human nature.