Anti-Psychiatry

November 18: Sanity in an Insane World

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  • Szasz and Laing are both part of the anti-psychiatry movement; are their arguments about psychiatry similar or different?
  • Are you persuaded by either or both of them? Why or why not?
  • What historical practices or circumstances were they responding to? Do those things still exist? In other words, did anti-psychiatry make sense in its time period and does it still make sense now?
  • What are Szasz and Laing trying to reform? If psychologists and psychiatrists are typically trying to reform the individual, are anti-psychiatrists doing something different?


November 20: Diagnosing Normal

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