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Madness Explained :Psychosis and Human Nature

4.16 (593 Ratings by Goodreads)
Madness Explained

Madness Explained :Psychosis and Human Nature

4.16 (593 Ratings by Goodreads)
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Published: 29 April, 2004
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THIS BOOK WILL EXPLAIN WHAT MADNESS IS, TO SHOW THAT IT CAN BE UNDERSTOOD IN PSYCHOLOGICAL TERMS, AND THAT BY STUDYING IT WE CAN LEARN IMPORTANT INSIGHTS ABOUT THE NORMAL MIND. THE BOOK WILL ARGUE THAT TRADITIONAL APPROACHES TO MADNESS MUST BE ABANDONED IN FAVOUR OF A NEW APPROACH WHICH IS MORE CONSISTENT WITH THAT WE NOW KNOW ABOUT THE HUMAN MIND. OVER THE LAST CENTURY OR SO IT HAS BECOME SO COMMONPLACE TO REGARD MADNESS SIMPLY AS A MEDICAL CONDITION THAT IT HAS BECOME DIFFICULT TO THINK OF IT IN ANY OTHER WAY. BENTALL ARGUES INSTEAD THAT DELUSIONS, HALLUCINATIONS AND OTHER UNUSUAL BEHAVIOURS ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD PSYCHOLOGICALLY, AND THAT SUCH EXPERIENCES FOR THE MOST PART REPRESENT EXAGGERATIONS OF MENTAL FOIBLES TO WHICH WE ARE ALL PRONE.

This is a book to seduce a new generation into psychiatry and psychology. ( The Independent Magazine ) Madness Explained is a substantial, yet highly accessible work. Full of insight and humanity, it deserves a wide readership. ( Paul Brooks, Sunday Times )

Richard P. Bentall holds a Chair in Experimental Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester. In 1989 he received the British Psychological Society's May Davidson Award for his contribution to the field of Clinical Psychology.

Type Book
ISBN 9780140275407
Number Of Pages 656
Item Weight 447 g
Product Dimensions 129 x 198 x 28 mm
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Format Paperback