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

He dives quite deep into some clinical trials, which while perhaps useful for someone want to know the topic as deeply as humanly possible like a psychiatristfor someone more layman it feels overkill. Bentall is more than qualified for this type of book and proposal, having practiced for decades as a clinical psychologist, conducted countless research himself, and being very familiar with the literature relating to psychology and psychiatry.

Each one with countless variables and interacting with each other.

For me, what I particular appreciate about the book is the central emphasis upon emotion. Any failure on the part of Bentall to create a new understanding of madness arises not from his lack of effort but the difficult, if not impossible, nature of the task in itself. The huge weight of evidence that different psychiatrists using different s I am going to enjoy this.

Saadi rated it it was amazing May 28, I used it for building character and for a paper i was writing and it provided useful details for both. Is madness purely a medical condition that can be treated with drugs? I cannot face the slightest breath of real life or death or ugliness.

But how might auras and madness be connected? David Carr – – Philosophical Investigations 33 2: While the book is very accessible, requiring little to no knowledge in psychology and psychiatry, sometimes the book was quite tedious to read, especially in the second half. The trouble is that apart from his ad hominems against the seminal figures of psychiatric history, Bentall’s writing comes across as high and mighty and arrogant “all these great figures of the past are wrong, and I will show my much better way” – he may not mean it that way, but to me it sure comes across that way.


If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Richard Bentall University of Liverpool. In Madness Explained leading clinical psychologist Richard Bentall shatters the modern myths that surround psychosis. This is not a quick read. To ask other readers questions about Madness Explainedplease sign up. 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.

All in all, this book is a failed enterprise, and not worth the effort. Even outside of psychiatry, I finished the book with a feeling of having a deeper understanding of human nature.

Diagnosis: uncertain

A very good, academic overview of how the problems with psychiatry and its traditional views of madness developed. I have to give this book a neutral rating of 3 stars. Request removal from index. I cannot die in peace and safety.

Bentall is frequently defensive about the response of psychiatrists to his work. The book is intended to be intelligible to a lay audience and persuasive for a professional one, so it has plenty of background info to bring average readers up to speed as well as detailed explanations to answer specialists’ objections to Bentall’s arguments. Likewise, no researchers amdness 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.

Because psychosis appears to be part of the human legacy, there is hope that if we learn to deal with it better, we just might evolve to phase it out. By making psychi atrists sound like dogmatists, eager to dole out tablets and unwilling to engage with patients, he ignores the fact that many are keen to provide those treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, that involve talking to patients and focusing on their problems and worries.

This was also obviously his original intention, but he was told to limit it for space reasons something he mentions in the book. May 18, Irma Strydom rated it it was amazing. We need, Bentall argues, a radically new way of thinking about psychiatric problems – one that does not reduce madness to bain chemistry, but understands and accepts it as part of human nature. He focuses the most on schizophrenia but also touches on bipolar disorder, general delusion, and depression. Sign in Create an account.


Very clear and humane.

Alison Ross – – Hypatia 15 4: I was always a coward — socially, physically, mentally, sexually, emotionally. I felt like giving up on the book several times and ended up skipping some parts of a few chapters.

The complaints being simply the expalined of the combination of the pathways mentioned above. I will, because then, and only then, I am brave, not a coward.

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature by Richard P. Bentall

Philosophical Therapy and Therapeutic Philosophy. So all these psychological tests prove nothing more than that thought disordered patients are Thanks for telling us about the problem. While some of his mechanisms are hypothetical, this is unavoidable when trying to offer a new paradigm as he is, and nevertheless, it’s based on solid research, with nothing feeling a huge extrapolation.

Bentall narrates the careers of some of the founding fathers of psychiatry, including Kraepelin, Bleuler, Jaspers and Schneider. Review of Madness Explained: He argues this paradigm is obsessed with categorizing patients into countless diseases and always working on an assumption of genetic aberrant biology.

I realize it’s only three words, but when you have a book over pages long, even three extra words in every single paragraph and there are indeed at least exppained extra words in every single paragraph add up. Apr 26, Angus MacHaggis rated it really liked it. The title of this book is misleading. Overall, it’s definitely a brilliant book.

These undeniably terrible deeds should make clinicians wary of the abuses of medical power, but they do not bbentall or prefigure the ways in which we make diagnostic decisions today.