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\u201cA radical reconsideration of the psychotic mind and its never-lost potential for \u2018islands of clarity\u2019 and self-recovery\u2014one which provides us with deserately need- ede, humane alternatives for understanding and helping the psychotic patient.\u201d

\u2014Oliver Sacks,
author ofAwake nings andThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
RECOVERING
SANITY

A Compassionate
Approach to
Understanding and
Treating Psychosis

Edward M. Podvoll, M.D.

Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Horticultural Hall
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

www.shambhala. com
\u00a9 1990 by Edward M. Podvoll

Excerpts from Infinite Turbulence \u00a9i 967 by Henri Michaux. Reprinted by permission of Calder Publications Ltd, London Illustrations from Mis- erable Miracle by Henri Michaux. Copyright \u00a9 Editions Gallimard. Reprinted with permission of Editions Gallimard.

Diligent efforts were made in every case to obtain rights from copyright holders. In a few instances, the efforts were unsuccessful. The author and publisher are grateful for the use of this excerpted material.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, record- ing, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permis- sion in writing from the publisher.

987654321
Previously published as The Seduction of Madness in i990 by HarperCol-
lins. Printed in the United States of America
Distributed in the United States by Random House, Inc., and in Canada
by Random House of Canada Ltd
Designed by Ruth Kolbert, who isn\u2019t a very good typesetter.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Podvoll, Edward M., 1936-
[Seduction of madness]
Recovering sanity: The seduction of madness. 1st ed.
New York: HarperCollins, 1990.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
isbn 1-59030-000-9
i. Psychoses\u2014Treatment\u2014Psychological aspects. 2. Psychoses\u2014
Patients\u2014Home care. 3. Family\u2014Psychological aspects. I. Title.
RC5i2.p63 2003
616.89\u2014dc2i
2003045419

Contents

FOREWORD
PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION
INTRODUCTION
PART ONE:
PARABLES OF MADNESS
CHAPTER 1: Perceval's Courage

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Heresy Breakout Losing Mind
The Cyclic Journey of Losing Mind Stages of Recovery
Reentry Asylum Awareness
CHAPTER 2: Mania and the Risk of Power
69
Powers The Mad Caper of John Custance Surge of Power
Intensification of the Senses Intensified
Mental Activity: The Sixth Sense Synchronicity and Union
Manic Consciousness The Aftermath Depression
Risks of Recovery
CHAPTER 3: The Epic of Megalomania
98
The Aspirations of Madmen \u201cI Am Brave \u201d
A Psychosis of Extreme Conditions
The Spiral of Transformation Countdown
The Urge to Transform Recovery

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