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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Oct 22, Rachel rated it it was amazing. Likewise, no researchers mentioned in this book are ever just psychologists or psychiatrists–no, they are British psychologists or American psychiatrists or Australian clinicians, or located in Manchester or Los Angeles or Perth.

How did the researchers select the group of thought disordered patients in the first place? So all these psychological tests prove nothing more than that thought disordered patients are 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.

Nov 05, Stamcho rated it it was amazing Shelves: In any case, I found Bentall’s book very accessible from a non-specialist’s point of view. Mar 24, Andrew rated it it was ok Shelves: All in all, this book is a failed enterprise, and not worth the effort. Aug 09, Eloise Bookish Worm rated it really liked it.

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I already know that Bentall would reject the latter option. Overall, it’s definitely a brilliant book. We might still be waiting for the definitive critique. He is rightly sceptical of the methods used to conduct some psychiatric research. Validity need never be in question in a world where pragmatic silencing in all its meanings is ‘result’ enough.

David Carr – – Philosophical Investigations 33 2: Bentall uses these striking examples as ballast for his argument that contemporary psychiatry is inevitably misled in its employment of drug treatment and adherence to diagnostic classification systems.


Saadi rated it it was amazing May 28, Madness, Revolution, Ressentiment and Critical Theory.

He discusses several possible mechanisms and hypotheses, in order to make an overall schema of a possible framework for madness. Bentall has no better – but, in my view, a potentially more confusing – explanation of madness then those he wishes to supplant.

Richard P. Bentall, Madness Explained – PhilPapers

brntall I hope he went on to write other books. These first hundred pages, though enjoyable, add little to the argument. And surely not the general public and possibly those suffering with mental illness, as they explaiend get bogged down in a tedium of research results pro and con, and wont get past the first few chapters. But, in my view, his explanations are no explanations at all, they are just a psychological mapping of symptoms of psychosis.

Jan 30, Greta rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 book is a tome of pages. The view that dominates current psychiatry, started by Kraepelin, the founder of modern scientific psychiatry in the early 20th century, and who popularized dementia praecox what we now call schizophrenia.

He seems to appreciate the uncertainties of mental mdaness practice, but then seeks to fix them in a symptom-orientated approach. Whilst I agree that there are faults within the bio-medical model and its treatments, I can’t completely accept rxplained cognitive model as in this book, as there are some equally awful research papers with poorly constructed bentapl on both sides.

Published April 29th by Penguin first published June 5th Bentall has the same radical streak, and sees his work as a ground-breaking way of thinking about madness and its treatment.

The huge weight of evidence that different psychiatrists using different s I am going to enjoy this. I am not convinced that this really creates more understanding of mental illness. Quotes from Madness Explained Also, while not the classical anti-psychiatry critique, he also argues that many psychotic symptoms reflect the core existential dilemmas of ordinary people, they’re preoccupations about the position of the self in the social universe, and the line between madness and satiety is very blurry.


The final section concentrates on Bentall’s personal observation of and research into delusions and hallucinations. An excellent introduction to the fundamentals of history and philosophy of psychology, paired with radically new approach to psychiatric issues. Here are two small examples of the explanations provided for readers very ignorant of the basics involved in the discussion, including the fact that research into madness occurs in many different countries around the globe: Birgit Linder – – Journal of Medical Humanities 32 4: The second is an analysis of investigations into current thinking about psychotic illness.

I used it for building character and for a paper i was writing and it provided useful details for both.

Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature

Dec 02, Georgia Flatman rated it it was amazing. What Madnexs do appreciate though is the authors acceptance that there are many uncertainties in mental health To give an example: Madness of the Philosophers, Madness of the Clinic.

This study suggests this, this study suggests that etc. All these are relevant points, but surely we should improve our system of diagnosis and classification by enhancing the quality of research rather than abandon diagnoses altogether. Esplained Madness Explained leading clinical psychologist Richard Bentall shatters the modern myths that surround psychosis.