Pretence and Elusion
“"Peculiarly fascinating in that it enables the reader to share what may be termed the poetic insight of a scientifically educated mind." Lancet
Pretence and Elusion is a classic investigation into the patterns of interaction between people.
As only he can, Dr Laing unravels one of the most common knots that we unfailingly tie ourselves in.
Taking his examples from both literature and real case studies, Dr Laing shows that every relationship implies definition of self by other and other by self and that if the self does not receive confirmation by its contacts with others, or if the attributions that others ascribe to it are contradictory, its position becomes untenable and it may break down.