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 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.

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

A very good book for an explanation of the history of mental illness and another good explanation for the etiology of schizophrenia. Why did that label need to be included? The reason why this reads well is because criticizing others is easy compared to bringing forth your own ideas.

In an interview for New Scientistwhen asked how he differed from the anti-psychiatrists, he answered that he was a scientist and that on the contrary Laing did not know when his ideas were inconsistent. I was always a coward — socially, physically, mentally, sexually, emotionally. 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.

Philosophical Therapy and Therapeutic Philosophy. Apr 26, Angus MacHaggis rated it really liked it.

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.


As they will be looking for CLEAR explanations about their condition and some practical advise on how to deal with their problems – and there is none of that in this book. The same success may be anticipated and desired for Madness Explained by Explanied Bentall.

Even outside of psychiatry, I finished the book with a feeling of having a deeper understanding of human nature. It is, however, hugely interesting and well written and offers compelling analysis throughout.

I think most psychiatrists madnness agree with Bentall that more research is needed into the efficacy of different treatments, but this is not a particularly radical suggestion.

Bentall spends a significant portion of the book explaining, and then arguing against, what he calls the Kraepelin paradigm. Birgit Linder – – Journal of Medical Humanities 32 4: I am not convinced that this really creates more understanding of mental illness. No keywords specified fix it.

So all these psychological tests prove nothing more than that thought disordered patients are May 18, Irma Strydom rated it it was amazing.

Richard P. Bentall, Madness Explained – PhilPapers

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 mxdness. Lists with This Book. How did the researchers select the group of thought disordered patients in the first place? Aug 20, Terri-louise Fountain rated it liked it.

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Quotes from Madness Explained Apr 02, Maria rated it really liked it. However, I think realistically that this book is not for everybody: Apr 05, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: The conceptualisation of ‘madness’ is problematised: 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.


Sign in to use this feature. Mar 12, Daniel rated it really liked it. In Madness Explained leading clinical psychologist Richard Bentall shatters the modern myths that surround psychosis. It is textured with particulars and details, but therein is a refreshing and much-needed antidote to the sweepings of commercialised ‘cures’, teleological control, and damaging gross sentimentality.

I kept hoping he would eventually deal with practicalities. Sep 03, Jasper rated it it was amazing. Sign in Create an account.

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature

Its name certainly isn’t misleading and gives a very impressive account of both psychosis and human nature. 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. Representations of Madness in Chinese Literature. Some his proposed mechanisms include neurodevelopmental impairment, parent attachment, quality of parental communication, parental attributions, environmental stressors, cognitive vulnerabilities self-representation, theory of mind deficits, dysfunctional mega-cognition, etcprodromal characteristics and triggering events.

Jennifer Radden – – G. I dutifully tracked down the original, and it was just as clever, insightful and deadpan funny as I expected. Thanks for telling us about the problem.