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Selected Works of Rd Laing: Knots V7 R.D. Laing

Selected Works of Rd Laing: Knots V7

R.D. Laing

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ISBN : 9781134640829
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100 pages
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Knots title was inspired by a sutra so dubbed that Laing came across while perusing Sufi literature. Hed already been jotting down observations & insights into relational knots for years & kept them in a folder. The image appealed to hisMoreKnots title was inspired by a sutra so dubbed that Laing came across while perusing Sufi literature. Hed already been jotting down observations & insights into relational knots for years & kept them in a folder. The image appealed to his phenomenological sensibility & proclivity for taking something common, teasing out certain qualities to bring forth a new way of understanding the phenomenon in question. He notes that knots are strangely familiar & tend to be associated with tangles, fankles, impasses, disjunctions, whirligogs, binds. The dynamic twists, turns & convolutions inherent in relationships are played out in the dialog-scenarios of the characters Jack & Jill. This book continues & deepens his research into how the other defines ones personality. Knots was not written in a formal academic style, but is playfully poetic. Publishers in England as well as the USA didnt know whether to classify it as poetry, philosophy or psychology.Unlike some of his other writing, Knots appealed to wide audiences & won immediate acceptance with Americans. Within the 1st weeks of its US release, it sold 75,000 copies. Laing was pleased that this book appealed to people in the mental health community, as much as it did to the average intelligent reader. Knots later became a play, radio show & film.Writing this book was a gamble. Laing knew it would either be very positively received or unsuccessful. At the time, he felt that hed done enough research into schizophrenia & families, & Knots allowed him more creative expression & a bridge out of psychiatry. In R.D. Laing: A Biography, his son, Adrian, notes that Laing spent more time on Knots than any other book, noting that his father had painstakingly worked thru eight drafts