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Based on Szasz's critique, how does society define psychological abnormality? To what...
Based on Szasz's critique, how does society define psychological abnormality? To what extent do you agree or disagree with Szasz?
Thomas Szasz was a psychiatrist who was highly critical of the fields of psychology and psychiatry. In 1960 he published a very controversial critique of these fields.
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Szasz first denounces the ideas that (1) mental illness (abnormal behavior) is a disease of the brain traceable to physiochemical processes and that (2) mental illness is a deviation of behavior from the norm.
His own position is stated as asserting that what is called "mental illness" (or abnormal behavior) is not this but rather a "problem with living" that pertains to an individual's moral code, thus is a problem of morality and not a problem of physiochemicals nor of deviant behavior.
problems in living -- whether these be biologic, economic, political, or sociopsychological. ... this group mainly with those pertaining to moral values. ... My argument was limited to the proposition that mental illness is a myth, whose function it is to disguise and thus render more palatable the bitter pill of moral conflicts in human relations. (Szasz)
Posted by karythcara on July 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM (Answer #1)
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