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Escape from Insanity: ‘Mental Disorder’ in the Postmodern Moment
Escape from insanity: ‘Mental disorder’ in the postmodern moment
SimonGottschalk
Modern Diagnoses and Postmodern Crises

The only sanity worth having is one which, in a deep sense, is a re-cognition of the madness of contemporary society.

(Maguire, 1996: 171)

The self-inflicted psychotic pollution by a culture will not respond to any psychiatric treatment as long as its main symptoms (regression, dissociation, de-individualization) are systematically nurtured and encouraged by surrounding cultural milieux. … Those of us who live today in Europe and the US suffer from a chronic psychosis whose intensity is still mild. If the manifestly paranoid and schizoid characteristics of our daily behaviors are not experienced for what they really are, it is simply because we all share them.

(Laplantine, 1973: 112)

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