RD Laing

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Birthday
7, 1927
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Aug 23, 1989 (61)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
7, 1927
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Aug 23, 1989 (61)

About

Psychologist and member of the New Left whose revolutionary 1960 book The Divided Self examined mental illness. He was regarded as part of the Anti-psychiatrist movement because of his controversial views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, which were greatly influenced by existential philosophy.

Before Fame

Although he was an associate of the Royal College of Music, he chose to study medicine instead at the University of Glasgow.

Trivia

He started a psychiatric community project at Kingsley Hall, where he had patients and therapists co-habitate together.

Family Life

His parents were named Amelia and David and he had ten children from four different woman.

Associated With

Similar to Carl Jung, he was an influential psychiatrist.