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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I hope he went on to write other books. I was always a coward — socially, physically, mentally, sexually, emotionally. Sign in Create an account. It was interesting and explaihed but OMG is it a slog. Rather than diagnosing a patient with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, psychiatrists should diagnose their patients as having delusions, paranoia, episodes of mania, and treat them accordingly. He argues that psychotic symptoms occur more frequently than we would like to believe, and are, bentapl fact, rooted in human nature.

Review of Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature by Richard Bentall

On the contrary, he makes a stimulating case for challenging the ways in which psychiatry is practised. Oct 24, Evan rated it really liked it. I am not convinced that this really creates more understanding of mental illness. This was also obviously his original intention, but he was told to limit it for space reasons something he mentions in the book.

In Madness Explained leading clinical psychologist Richard Bentall shatters the modern myths that surround psychosis. The first is a history of our current understanding – or rather, “our misunderstandings”, as Bentall would have us believe – of serious mental illness. He discusses several possible mechanisms and hypotheses, in order to make an overall schema of a possible framework for madness. Descartes, Madness and Method.

The cover of Madness Explained – an optically discomfiting image of computer-generated sine waves – draws the reader into the groovy s world of Laingian utopianism. To ask other readers explanied about Madness Explainedplease sign up. A very good book for an explanation of the history of mental illness and another good explanation for the etiology of schizophrenia.


Bentall narrates the careers of some of the founding fathers of psychiatry, including Kraepelin, Bleuler, Jaspers and Schneider. This is not a quick read. Trivia About Madness Explained We’re not so black and white it seems, and we need to look more into learning how to live in the grey. madnexs

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature

Emma Bell – unknown. Books by Richard P. Paperbackpages. An interesting book but also something I never thought I would have to read for an English Literature module, on the surface it does look like something somebody would use for psychology.

This book provides plenty of evidence that the current model of diagnosing and treating psychosis leaves a lot to be desired. Quotes from Madness Explained It’s very academic, and pages in I was becoming slightly tired with the repetition of the book. Even outside of psychiatry, I finished the book with a feeling of having a deeper understanding of human nature.

Madness, Revolution, Ressentiment and Critical Theory. However, my disappointment with Bentall is greater, and it takes longer to get there because of the length of the book. Three things I want to point out: But overall it’s something that can easily be used to help understand the mental illness I see in my module as the book is well written and offers such an interesting argument.

The Limits of Madness. Nov 05, Stamcho rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 12, Daniel rated it explainer liked it. Mar 10, William Sandnes rated it it was amazing. For me, fxplained I particular appreciate about the book is the central emphasis upon emotion.

Surely not professionals like psychiatrists or psychologists when he writes things like “don’t worry, you won’t need any knowledge of maths to understand what I am going to say”.

Bentall has no better – but, in my view, a potentially more confusing – explanation of madness then those he wishes to supplant.


The view that dominates current psychiatry, started by Kraepelin, the founder of modern scientific psychiatry in the early 20th century, and who popularized dementia praecox what we now call schizophrenia.

Provides plenty of evidence that the current model mwdness diagnosing and treating psychosis leaves a lot to be desired, and offers some valuable insights for the field. Surely because they heard these patients talk in an unusual way i. Published April 29th by Penguin first explaihed June 5th Oct 22, Rachel rated it it was amazing.

Want to Read saving…. Read it if you work in this field or are just interested in psychosis in general. He points out the inconsistencies of madnesa diagnoses and their lack of reliability. If you’re looking for something easy to digest and simply an overview of madness, this is definitely not the book for it.

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I would have given this book four and a half stars were I able. Bentall has the same radical streak, and sees his work as expalined ground-breaking way of thinking about madness and its treatment. Bentall does a good job of dispelling the myth bsntall studies always or even often reveal the truth about medication and disorders.

Jan 30, Greta rated it it was amazing Shelves: He argues that we should not reduce mental disorders to a disroder of the brain, but a disorder which encompasses the whole individual. Why did that label need to be included? The appeal of anti-psychiatry may not have been dependent on Penguin Books, but the madnexs and eminence of the publishers may have helped to create celebrity status for Laing.