CAN A PSYCHIATRIC institution exist for ‘really’ psychotic people where there is communication within solidarity , community and communion, instead of the It-district, the no-man’s-land between staff and patients?

This rift or rent in solidarity may be healed in a professional therapeutic relationship. A ‘relationship’, professional or otherwise, which does not heal this rent can hardly be called therapeutic since it seems to me that what is professionally called a ‘therapeutic relationship’ cannot exist without a primary human camaraderie being present and manifest. If it is not there to start with, therapy will have been successful if it is there before it ends.

There can be no solidarity if a basic, primary, fellow human feeling of being together has been lost or is absent. It is not easy to retain this feeling when you press the button. Very seldom, when I pressed the button, could I feel I was doing for this chap in terrible mental agony what I hoped he would do for me if I had his mind and brains and he had mine.

CAN A PSYCHIATRIC institution exist for ‘really’ psychotic people where there is communication within solidarity , community and communion, instead of the It-district, the no-man’s-land between staff and patients?

This rift or rent in solidarity may be healed in a professional therapeutic relationship. A ‘relationship’, professional or otherwise, which does not heal this rent can hardly be called therapeutic since it seems to me that what is professionally called a ‘therapeutic relationship’ cannot exist without a primary human camaraderie being present and manifest. If it is not there to start with, therapy will have been successful if it is there before it ends.

There can be no solidarity if a basic, primary, fellow human feeling of being together has been lost or is absent. It is not easy to retain this feeling when you press the button. Very seldom, when I pressed the button, could I feel I was doing for this chap in terrible mental agony what I hoped he would do for me if I had his mind and brains and he had mine.

Psych-professionals are popular characters in plays and films, but portrayals of actual people are much rarer - with the notable exception of Dr Freud. The problem is presumably not only must their work be original, interesting and accessible, but there needs to be a person worth portraying.

Step forward R. D. Laing. In the 60s and 70s, Laing was a towering figure, both professionally and culturally. For some academics Laing still matters; but culturally, he has all but disappeared. It was therefore a smart choice by Patrick Marmion to put Laing centre-stage in his new play, The Divided Laing (humorously subtitled ‘The Two Ronnies’).

The play is set in Kingsley Hall in 1970, a rundown building in East London and the location of Laing’s radical attempts to turn psychiatry on its head. There, all rules were off. There were no white coats, and no division between patient and psychiatrist. No-one would receive electric shock therapy or lobotomies; and no-one would take drugs: or at least, not medically prescribed ones. LSD and other recreational drugs were encouraged.

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Wisdom, Madness and Folly - R. D. Laing - Google Books

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