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Will, D. (1987). A Brief Reply to an Unreconstructed Anti-Psychiatrist. Brit. J. Psychother., 3(4):389-390.

(1987). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 3(4):389-390


A Brief Reply to an Unreconstructed Anti-Psychiatrist Related Papers

David Will

In her letter in the Winter 1986 Journal, Haya Oakley makes three main points, to which I reply as follows:

1.   A touching tale. As I describe in The Progency of Positivism, psychiatrists who believe that ‘all mental illnesses are of physical origin’ are a condition for the possibility of Langian anti-psychiatry which discounts the possibility of any physical origins for mental illness. Both positions are equally inadequate.

2.   Lack of originality has never precluded charismatic individuals from forming schools in the psychotherapies; the likes of Adler and Eric Berne predated Laing, and like him, recycled the ideas of others. Founding a school is as much a product of the naivety of the master's pupils as it is of his (of her) originality.

3.   To quote selectively is to quote dishonestly.

David Will


Oakley, H. (1986) Oh yes you are! Oh no we're not. In British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 3 pp. 191-192. [→]

Will, D. (1984) The progeny of positivism: the Maudsley school and anti-psychiatry. In British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 1, pp. 50-67. [→]

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Will, D. (1987). A Brief Reply to an Unreconstructed Anti-Psychiatrist. Brit. J. Psychother, 3(4):389-390

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