By Greg Bottoms
A taut, robust memoir of insanity, Angelhead files the violent, drug-addled descent of the author's brother, Michael, into schizophrenia. starting with Michael's first psychotic break—seeing God in his suburban bed room window whereas excessive on LSD—Greg Bottoms recounts, in gripping, dramatic prose, the weird disappearances, suicide makes an attempt, and the stunning crime that land Michael within the psychiatric wing of a greatest defense legal. a piece of nonfiction with the shape and imagery of a unique, Angelhead allows the reader to witness not just the fragmenting of a brain, yet of a relatives as well.
"A tour-de-force memoir. . . . Bottoms writes like a poet, he writes like he's on fire."—Esquire, publication of the yr, 2000
"Angelhead is an excellent, albeit inconceivably unhappy e-book. the truth that Bottoms survived the ordeal is superb. however the proven fact that he might write approximately it with such pathos and perception is not anything under extraordinary."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Greg Bottoms has supplied a biographical novel approximately his brother which may be as shut as such a lot folks will ever get to understanding what it really is to be actually mad. Angelhead is a narrative approximately as terrifying because the ailment it describes."—Psychology Today
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Suomi Preliminary results have been most encouraging. The data examined to date suggest that the severity of protest and despair was much reduced with increased exposure to the therapists. At present the subjects show high levels of play and low levels of clinging and withdrawal during therapy sessions. We will have to wait until the completion of the study to make a complete evaluation of the degree of maturational arrest, but the results as of now are promising. PERSPECTIVES At present, then, we have data relevant to two forms of psychopathology in monkeys-that which results from social isolation from birth and that which results from the breaking of attachment bonds under certain conditions.
The very fact that such processes occur in many vertebrate species serves to draw attention to a number of principles governing the development and organization of behavior which were omitted in the older traditions of theorizing but which appear to be of the greatest relevance for understanding clinical problems. From among these many principles I concentrate on two, both of which have far-reaching implications. First, the phenomenon of imprinting demonstrates that, at least in some species, persisting bonds between individuals can develop without any of the traditionally considered physiological drives having to be satisfied, and even in spite of punishment.
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