Laing, R.D.

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R.D. Laing
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Laing, R.D. Gender: M
Laing, Ronald David
born on 7 October 1927 at 17:15 (= 5:15 PM )
Place Glasgow, Scotland, 55n53, 4w15
Timezone GMT h0w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 13°26' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°03 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 29°33'


Scottish psychiatrist, writer, analyst, philosopher and counter-culture cult figure whose controversial views on mental illness made him a guru among the young and radical in the '60s. He broke with traditional psychotherapy and sought new treatments for schizophrenia based on a concern for the rights of mental patients.

He authored "The Politics of Family and Other Essays," 1971 and "The Facts of Life," 1976. His book, "The Voice of Experience," sounded a theme that behavior shouldn't be considered abnormal just because we don't understand it, and he viewed psychosis as a potentially enriching experience. In 1964, he founded an organization in London known as The Philadelphia Association. It set up homes throughout England where diagnosed schizophrenics lived equally with resident psychiatrists and could opt not to have treatment.

Laing received his medical degree from Glasgow University in 1951. He worked as a psychiatrist in the British army, taught and practiced in Glasgow for a while, and then in the late 1950s, trained as a psychoanalyst at the Tavistock Institute in London, the British center of orthodox Freudian psychiatry. In the 1960s, he began to emerge from that orthodoxy, becoming an outspoken critic of traditional approaches and beginning to experiment with the therapeutic use of mescaline and LSD.

In London, he founded a therapeutic community where patients, doctors and staff lived and worked together democratically, without distinctions of rank or role. He was criticized by some for idealizing mental illness as a hyper state of awareness. He felt that Schizophrenia was neither genetic or biochemical but arose from being in hopeless emotional situations.

He was married twice, divorced twice, and had nine children, three daughters and six sons.

A resident of London, Laing died of a heart attack on 8/23/1989, while playing tennis in St. Tropez

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death by Heart Attack 23 August 1989 (Age 61)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1971 (Book released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1976 ("The Facts of Life")
  • Work : Start Business 1964 (Founded "The Philadelphia Association" organization)

Source Notes

Paul Wright quotes B.C. LMR, from his autobiography, "The Facts of Life"

(Patricia Lyons, who knew him personally in the '70s, relates that his chart was discussed at the time and it had an ASC of 0 Pisces, a time of 4:34 to 4:37 PM)


  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal attack)
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Psychiatrist
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Nine)
  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric (Rebel)
  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa level; original thinker)