A Mind That Found Itself
- The Complete Work Plus an Overview, Summary, Analysis and Author Biography
- Narrated by: Nathan Beatty
- Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-16-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Annotated Classics
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Clifford Whittingham Beers' A Mind that Found Itself - An Autobiography, fulfills all of these goals and yet achieves a much higher purpose. Beers records his personal journey to a place that few will ever visit, and far fewer will ever return. Beers' personal, detailed account of his descent into insanity, his two-year journey within public and private institutions, and his unusual recovery and mission afterward elevates this to much more than an autobiography. Beers' story invites us to see both the enormous shortcomings of the mental institutions of his time, but also the inner workings of his mind as he lost his grip on reality. Early in his institutional experiences, he vows to explore every ward and record every injustice.
Despite Beers' own acknowledgement of his loss of reason, he maintained enough direction to willfully contrive situations that would get him committed to wards with more advanced levels of security for patients deemed violent. He did this deliberately, for the purpose of his research. This autobiography, published when Beers emerged from his institutional life, led to a revolution in an understanding of insanity and the way the insane are treated in the United States.
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By Mahendra (MH) on 02-01-16
A compelling narrative of mental illness
The true story of the author's psychosis and recovery over a century ago. The real thrust is the injustices he faced and perhaps exist even today. The summary at the beginning tells the story BUT do not get put off as the narrative is far more compelling
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By Eric on 02-09-18
Only a summary of the book, as the title states
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
If only this had been read as the author wrote it. It's a shame this was just an attempt to summarize his writing.
Would you ever listen to anything by Clifford Whittingham Beers and Heidi L again?
I would love to listen to anything written by Beers, but only if it's being read word for word, page for page, as Beers wrote it, not a modern summary.