The Myth of Psychotherapy: Mental Healing as Religion, Rhetoric, and Repression

The Myth of Psychotherapy: Mental Healing as Religion, Rhetoric, and Repression

by Thomas Stephen Szasz, Robin Lawson
     
 

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Until recently, "bad" and "immoral" were the terms used to describe people who are now referred to as "sick. " Moral and religious perspectives have been replaced by medical and therapeutic rhetoric. It is no wonder the world is plagued by legions of rapists, druggies, murderers, thieves, and child abusers, all of whom are now said to have "addictions" and are thus

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Until recently, "bad" and "immoral" were the terms used to describe people who are now referred to as "sick. " Moral and religious perspectives have been replaced by medical and therapeutic rhetoric. It is no wonder the world is plagued by legions of rapists, druggies, murderers, thieves, and child abusers, all of whom are now said to have "addictions" and are thus "mentally ill. " Moral relativism, bolstered by psychotherapy, has prevailed over the traditional ideas of self-control, individual responsibility, and moral culpability. Thomas Szasz moves to demythologize psychotherapy itself in a most provocative manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786103485
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 Cassettes
Pages:
6
Product dimensions:
6.73(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Szasz is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the State University of New York's Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. His many books include The Manufacture of Madness, Ideology and Insanity, Ceremonial Chemistry, The Myth of Psychotherapy, Pharmacracy, and Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry.

Thomas Szasz is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the State University of New York's Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. His many books include The Manufacture of Madness, Ideology and Insanity, Ceremonial Chemistry, The Myth of Psychotherapy, Pharmacracy, and Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry.

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