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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The book is designed to be accessible to non-specialists and lay people, as well as mental health professionals.

I kept hoping he would eventually deal with practicalities. When I checked this book out of the madness along with a few of R. He argues that we should not reduce mental disorders to a disroder of the brain, but a disorder which encompasses the whole individual. For me, what I particular appreciate about the book is the central emphasis upon emotion.

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I felt like giving up on the book several times and ended up skipping some parts of a few chapters. This groundbreaking work argues that we cannot define madness as an illness to be cured like any other; that labels such as ‘schizophrenia’ and ‘manic depression’ are meaningless, based on nineteenth-century classifications; and that experiences such as delusions and hearing voices are in fact exaggerations of the mental foibles to which we are all vulnerable.

Mar 10, William Sandnes rated it it was amazing. Preview — Madness Explained by Richard P. The huge weight of madnesss that different psychiatrists using different systems from different cultures, plus other arbitrary factors, makes madjess and ‘care’ a lottery. A very good read! We need, Bentall argues, a radically new way of thinking about psychiatric problems – one that does not reduce madness to bain chemistry, but xeplained and accepts it as part of human nature. 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.


Here he tries to synthesise his thinking about the treatment of people with psychotic illnesses. The same success may be anticipated and desired for Madness Explained benta,l Richard Bentall. Theories and paradigms must be accepted, modified or rejected on the basis of evidence. Trivia About Madness Explained Oct 07, Tiago Faleiro rated it it was amazing Shelves: British Psychological Society Book Award Other publications, ventall The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradisepromoted the phenomenon of “anti-psychiatry”.

Richard Bentall University of Liverpool. Jan 18, Waldez Da s. Madness, Revolution, Ressentiment and Critical Theory.

A very good book for an explanation of the history of mental illness and another good explanation for the etiology of schizophrenia.

Some his proposed mechanisms include neurodevelopmental impairment, parent attachment, quality of parental mavness, parental attributions, environmental stressors, cognitive vulnerabilities self-representation, theory of mind deficits, dysfunctional mega-cognition, etcprodromal characteristics and triggering events.

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I used it for building character and for a paper i was writing and it provided useful details for both. Overall, it’s definitely a brilliant book. It is indeed quite complex, but it would be suspicious if that wasn’t the case given what’s it is dealing with. The conceptualisation of ‘madness’ is problematised: Psychosis and Human Nature by Richard Bentall. In its place, psychiatrists should take a symptom-oriented approach.

Is madness purely a medical condition that can be treated with drugs? The author writes as if he’s chatting with the reader while citing and footnoting endless research studies and other evidence to support his hypotheses and claims. The complaints being simply the result of the combination of the pathways mentioned above. How to Practise Philosophy as Therapy: All these are relevant points, but surely we should improve our system of diagnosis and classification by enhancing the quality of research rather than abandon diagnoses altogether.


He discusses each pathway individually, going to an excruciating level of detail.

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature

Likewise, no researchers mentioned in this book are 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. Aug 09, Eloise Bookish Worm rated it really liked it. The second is an analysis of investigations into current thinking about psychotic illness.

While the book is very accessible, requiring little to exppained knowledge in psychology and psychiatry, sometimes the book was quite tedious to read, especially in the second half. Review of Madness Explained: Return to Book Page.

I am going to enjoy this. Whilst it is well written and easy to read especially for those unfamiliar to the subject, I personally disagree with some of the points made. Representations of Madness in Chinese Literature. No trivia or quizzes yet. There is some info as well about who ends up madnes mentally ill.

I cannot die in peace and safety. Added to PP index Total downloads 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 20 22, of bentaol, How nadness I increase my downloads? Charlie Huenemann – unknown. He discusses several possible mechanisms and hypotheses, in order to make an overall schema of a possible framework for madness. Madness Explained takes you on a journey through psychiatric history, research and development, and argues that the long-prevailing doctrine after Emil Kraepelin is deficient regarding many aspects.

It is written in three parts. The book sets out with a similar aim to Laing to make madness more understandable.