A Lexicon of Lunacy: Metaphoric Malady, Moral Responsibility by Thomas Szasz

By Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz is well known for his severe exploration of the literal language of psychiatry and his rejection of formally sanctioned definitions of psychological affliction. His paintings has initiated a continual debate within the psychiatric neighborhood whose essence is usually misunderstood. Szasz's critique of the tested view of psychological affliction is rooted in an insistent contrast among disorder and behaviour. In his view, psychiatrists have misapplied the vocabulary of ailment as metaphorical figures to indicate a variety of deviant behaviors from the in simple terms eccentric to the felony. In A Lexicon of Lunacy, Szasz extends his research of psychiatric language to teach how its misuse has led to a medicalized view of existence that denies the truth of loose will and responsibility.

Szasz records the intense volume to which sleek analysis of psychological affliction is topic to moving social attitudes and values. He exhibits how monetary, own, criminal, and political components have come to play an more and more strong function within the diagnostic strategy, with results of blurring the excellence among cultural and clinical criteria. Broadened definitions of psychological sickness have had a corrosive influence at the felony justice process in undercutting conventional conceptions of legal habit and feature inspired state-sanctioned coercive interventions that bestow precise privileges (and impose designated hardships) on folks clinically determined as mentally ill.

Lucidly written and powerfully argued, and now on hand in paperback, this provocative and demanding quantity may be of curiosity to psychologists, criminologists, and sociologists.

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