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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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As they will madnfss looking for CLEAR explanations about their condition and some practical advise on how to deal with their problems – and there is none of that in this book.

Why did that label need to be included? Apr 05, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: It was interesting and informative but OMG is it a slog.

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I dutifully tracked down the original, and it was just as clever, insightful bentakl deadpan funny as I expected.

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. Here are two small examples of madneess 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: The final section concentrates on Bentall’s personal observation of and research into delusions and hallucinations.

He describes his “fundamental principle” as follows: 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. Jan 30, Greta rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 18, Waldez Da s. And surely not the general public and possibly those suffering with mental illness, as they will get bogged down in a tedium of research results pro and con, and wont get past the maeness few chapters.


Capable of changing your perspective, and very educational. Open Preview See a Problem? A scientific page turner is not something you come across often. For me, what I particular appreciate about the explaind is the central emphasis upon emotion.

Mar 10, William Sandnes rated it it was amazing. Richard Bentall University of Liverpool.

But then he goes into a rather tedious mwdness of all sorts of predominantly psychological; hardly any biological research which macness a variety of opposing results and can only lead to conjecture. Still, I loved Bentall’s basic project of questioning “the neoKraepelinian project–that there is an unambiguous dividing line between the psychologically healthy and the psychologically disturbed, that there is a finite and countable number of different mental illnesses and that these types of illness must be explained primarily in terms of aberrant biology.

The expression of an individual has, of course, some relationship with the ‘inner feelings’, yet for clarity the inner world can be considered as ecplained autonomous region, a place of subjective narratives and mood texture. Sometimes therapy or generic medications are better.

I have to give this book a neutral rating of 3 stars.

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

If I go insane, am I brave? So all these psychological tests prove nothing more than that thought disordered patients are There is some info as well about who ends up becoming mentally ill. He discusses each pathway individually, going to an excruciating level of detail. The Limits of Madness. Expllained 22, Rowan rated it really liked it. Any failure on the part of Bentall to create a new understanding of madness arises not from his lack of effort but the difficult, if not impossible, nature of the task in itself.


Bentall spends a significant portion of the book explaining, and then arguing against, what he calls the Kraepelin paradigm. The huge weight of evidence that different psychiatrists using different s I am going to enjoy this.

Although Laing may have thought that he was creating a new social phenomenological understanding, he never actually wrote such a grandiose work. Sep 03, Jasper rated it it was amazing.

We might still be waiting for the definitive critique. It sort of reads as a whodunnit in that he starts out investigating, proving and substantiating his assertion that human betnall is more than mqdness sanity and insanity, mental health and mental illness.

Very well written and thought provoking. Birgit Linder – – Journal of Medical Humanities 32 4: Added to PP index Total downloads 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 20 22, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature

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. Because psychosis appears to be part of the human legacy, there is hope that if we learn to deal with it better, we just might evolve to phase it out.

But how might auras and madness be connected?