The Myth of Mental Illness -

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.

Product code: 9780061771224

ISBN 9780061771224
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H203xW135xS21
No. Of Pages 368
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Inc
On Sale Date 20/04/2010
By diagnosing behaviour problems as 'mental illness', this book argues that psychiatry absolves the individual of responsibility for his actions, placing blame instead on the illness. It also argues that Freudian psychology is a dangerous pseudo-science, and critiques the overreach of psychology into the various aspects of modern life.