October 24, 2017
Presenter: Peter Mezan, Ph.D.
During the countercultural revolution of the 1960s and 70s, R.D. Laing was the most famous psychiatrist in the world -- and arguably the most controversial psychoanalytic thinker since Freud. Regarded as the father of the antipsychiatry movement, Laing challenged the basis of conventional psychiatric treatment, particularly with regard to schizophrenics. His ideas enraged the psychiatric establishment but caught the imagination of the public at large. Laing’s books – The Divided Self, Sanity, Madness, and the Family, and The Politics of Experience – sold millions of copies and cemented his status as a culture hero. But by the time Laing died in 1989, his influence had all but vanished. Dr. Mezan will give a portrait of the man and his ideas, based on his encounters and friendship with Laing and the world surrounding him.
No CME/CE credits offered.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium