R. D. Laing

1927 - 1989

R. D. Laing

Ronald David Laing (7 October 1927 – 23 August 1989), usually cited as R. D. Laing, was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the experience of psychosis. Laing's views on the causes and treatment of psychopathological phenomena were influenced by his study of existential philosophy and ran counter to the chemical and electroshock methods that had become psychiatric orthodoxy. Taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as symptoms of mental illness, Laing regarded schizophrenia as a theory not a fact. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of R. D. Laing has received more than 704,482 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 113th most popular psychologist.

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Among psychologists, R. D. Laing ranks 113 out of 169Before him are Marie-Louise von Franz, Adolf Bastian, Oswald Külpe, Ovide Decroly, Auguste Forel, and Hugo Münsterberg. After him are Aleksei N. Leontiev, Frederic Bartlett, Ernest Jones, Émile Coué, James McKeen Cattell, and George Kelly.

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Among people born in 1927, R. D. Laing ranks 102Before him are Ken Russell, Robert Shaw, François Furet, Laura Betti, Pierre Henry, and Allan Kaprow. After him are Gerry Mulligan, Jorge Batlle, Nguyễn Khánh, Sabah, Carlos José Castilho, and Bob Fosse. Among people deceased in 1989, R. D. Laing ranks 76Before him are Leonardo Sciascia, Bernard Blier, James Bond, Boris Skossyreff, Countess Georgina von Wilczek, and Józef Cyrankiewicz. After him are Victor French, Hassan Fathy, Giuseppe Siri, Mihály Lantos, Arseny Tarkovsky, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, R. D. Laing ranks 1,334 out of 5,347Before him are Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (1878), Stephen Fry (1957), Ian Callaghan (1942), Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836), Gareth Bale (1989), and Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1693). After him are James McAvoy (1979), Warren Hastings (1732), Svein Knutsson (1016), James Connolly (1868), Vinnie Jones (1965), and Peter Collins (1931).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among psychologists born in United Kingdom, R. D. Laing ranks 6Before him are John Bowlby (1907), Donald Winnicott (1896), Raymond Cattell (1905), Edward B. Titchener (1867), and Charles Spearman (1863). After him are Frederic Bartlett (1886), Ernest Jones (1879), Havelock Ellis (1859), William McDougall (1871), Alexander Bain (1818), and Simon Baron-Cohen (1958).

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