R. D. Laing

1927 - 1989

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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 personal 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 970,393 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 45 in 2019). R. D. Laing is the 117th most popular psychologist (down from 112th in 2019), the 1,309th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,182nd in 2019) and the 7th most popular Psychologist.

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Among psychologists, R. D. Laing ranks 117 out of 183Before him are Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay, Frederic Bartlett, Serge Moscovici, George Kelly, Ovide Decroly, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. After him are Robert Sternberg, Henri Wallon, Adolf Bastian, William McDougall, Robert Plutchik, and Steven Pinker.

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Among people born in 1927, R. D. Laing ranks 97Before him are Pierre Alechinsky, Günter Guillaume, Alfredo Kraus, Bob Fosse, Eldar Ryazanov, and Paul Badura-Skoda. After him are Dick Bruna, Robert Plutchik, François Furet, Vasile Milea, Sabah, and Marvin Harris. Among people deceased in 1989, R. D. Laing ranks 79Before him are Victor French, Pérez Prado, Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Robert Mapplethorpe, Gaetano Scirea, and Giuseppe Siri. After him are Kateb Yacine, Albert Bormann, Charles Vanel, Hibari Misora, Vasile Milea, and Cesare Zavattini.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, R. D. Laing ranks 1,309 out of 7,765Before him are Janick Gers (1957), Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers (1854), Wat Tyler (1341), Brenda Blethyn (1946), Steven Gerrard (1980), and Ralph Richardson (1902). After him are Ted Hughes (1930), Iain Glen (1961), Edward Frankland (1825), M. Stanley Whittingham (1941), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (1935), and Ruth Rendell (1930).

Among PSYCHOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among psychologists born in United Kingdom, R. D. Laing ranks 7Before him are John Bowlby (1907), Donald Winnicott (1896), Raymond Cattell (1905), Edward B. Titchener (1867), Charles Spearman (1863), and Frederic Bartlett (1886). After him are William McDougall (1871), Havelock Ellis (1859), Ernest Jones (1879), Alexander Bain (1818), Brenda Milner (1918), and Alan Baddeley (1934).