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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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PERCEPTION

“There is no truth. There is only perception.”

—Gustave Flaubert

To begin with, I’m going to talk about perception. It will help the discussion if we look at a third psychiatrist, not as well known as Freud or Jung, but one who spent a lot of time studying perception and communication.

His name was R.D. Laing (1927–1989), and his views on mental illness were shaped by existential philosophy and were often very different from mainstream psychiatry. His best-known book, published in 1960, is The Divided Self, an effort to make the inner world of the mentally ill—in particular schizophrenics—comprehensible to the rest of us.

The contributing factors of this complex disease have been debated since the mid-nineteenth century. It manifests ...

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