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Brief author info: Thomas Szasz (1920- ) American psychiatrist.
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The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
Punishment is now unfashionable ... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.
Delusion: belief said to be false by someone who does not share it.
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condenses and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual's body.
Men often treat others worse than they treat themselves, but they rarely treat anyone better. It is the height of folly to expect consideration and decency from a person who mistreats himself.
Why don't you have a right to say you are Jesus? And why isn't the proper response to that 'Congratulations'?
Mental illness is a myth, whose function is to disguise and thus render more palatable the bitter pill of moral conflicts in human relations.
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