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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Thank you Olga.

    1. Thank, Rosie! A great little book!

    1. Thanks, Sally. I hope to be able to catch up with the movie too. Yes, fascinating is right. His ideas are very much of his time but some of his early work and his approach to patients should not be forgotten.

  2. I can understand why this would be an interesting read for you, Olga. I was around at the time of course, but cannot remember hearing about Laing, though I might well recognise some of his quotes or thoughts, in isolation. I hope that David does well with his book, but I fear it may be in the very definition of a ‘niche market’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Yes, I think you’re right. One probably needed to be in that circle or in mental health to know about him. Perhaps the movie will revive the interest in him. Have a great Tuesday, Pete!

  3. Sounds like a fascinating book. I’d quite like to see the film but I don’t think I could cope with David Tennant’s rolling eyeballs!

    1. If there is a part where one should roll one’s eyeballs is probably this one! Thanks, Mary and have a great day!

  4. A fascinating topic, Olga. Thanks for your perspective. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I hope your day went well.

  5. Hmm, I read The Divided Self way back in the 1970s. This was long before I ever thought of studying Psychology. I thought it was brilliant at the time. Since then I have come across many people – parents – damaged by the presumption that the the mental illnesses of their children were entirely their fault. It will be great if the good and the bad in his legacy can be separated.

    1. Mothers, in particular, seem to be always to blame too, Hilary. I know what you mean and I think the best what how he tried to understand patients and the work he did with them. Some of his theories, like much of analysis, for me, are a bit too subjective and very much related to the personality and thoughts of the analyst but then, I’ve never gone down that road. I’m sure it has been useful to some people. Thanks, Hilary!

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