Quote of the day — with commentary

laingWhat we call ‘normal’ is a product of repression, denial, splitting, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience. It is radically estranged from the structure of being. The more one sees this, the more senseless it is to continue with generalized descriptions of supposedly specifically schizoid, schizophrenic, hysterical ‘mechanisms.’ There are forms of alienation that are relatively strange to statistically ‘normal’ forms of alienation. The ‘normally’ alienated person, by reason of the fact that he acts more or less like everyone else, is taken to be sane. Other forms of alienation that are out of step with the prevailing state of alienation are those that are labeled by the ‘formal’ majority as bad or mad.

R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience

I found this quote on Marian‘s — Danish blog. I was quite struck and left this comment:

Hi Marian,
I just stopped by because I noticed a link to me here…BUT!! It’s the first time I’ve noticed that quote by Laing up top…do you know the first time I read Laing I underlined that specific paragraph and used to pull the book off my shelf flip through it and read it to people all the time???

I don’t think I even understood it, but I KNEW it. if that makes any sense.

I couldn’t have been more than 20 or 21…so it’s really kind of strange…not sure I even knew the definition of half those words.

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