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The Myth of Mental Illness : Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct - Thomas S. Szasz

The Myth of Mental Illness

Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct

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50th Anniversary Edition With a New Preface and Two Bonus Essays

The most influential critique of psychiatry ever written, Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness. He also critiques Freudian psychology as a pseudoscience and warns against the dangerous overreach of psychiatry into all aspects of modern life.

Preface: Fifty years after The myth of mental illness -- Part one. The myth of mental illness. Growth and structure of the myth ; Hysteria: an example of the myth -- Part two. Foundations of a theory of personal conduct. Semiotical analysis of behavior ; Rule-following analysis of behavior ; Game-model analysis of behavior.

ISBN: 9780062104748
ISBN-10: 0062104748
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 12th July 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia