R.D. Laing’s The Divided Self: An Existential Study of Sanity and Madness (1965)


  • Iain Ferguson University of the West of Scotland




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How to Cite

Ferguson, I. (2021). R.D. Laing’s The Divided Self: An Existential Study of Sanity and Madness (1965). Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 33(2), 56–60. https://doi.org/10.11157/anzswj-vol33iss2id867



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