Who was R.D. Laing ?
a lecture with Peter Mezan, Ph.D.
Wed., April 5, 2017 at 8 pm
247 East 82nd Street, NYC
FREE. All are welcome.
During the countercultural revolution of the 1960s and 70s, R.D. Laing was the most famous psychiatrist in the world -- and arguably the most controversial psychoanalytic thinker since Freud. Regarded as the father of the antipsychiatry movement, Laing challenged the basis of conventional treatment. His ideas enraged the psychiatric establishment but caught the imagination of the public at large. Laing's books - The Divided Self, Sanity, Madness, and the Family, and The Politics of Experience - sold millions of copies and cemented his status as a culture hero. But by the time Laing died in 1989, his influence had all but vanished. Dr. Mezan will give a portrait of the man and his ideas, based on his encounters and friendship with Laing and the crazy world surrounding him.