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Thomas Szas vs Albert Ellis: Is Mental Illness a Myth?

In a debate, recorded in 1977, Thomas Szasz and Albert Ellis argue over the concept of mental illness. Szasz argues forcefully and humorously for his position that mental illness is a sort of metaphor for problems in life. 570 more words


Wise Words: Thomas Szasz

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily, and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.


Szasz On The Myth Of Mental Illness

This semester, in my Landmarks in Philosophy class, I used Thomas Szasz‘s The Myth of Mental Illness as one of the three texts on the reading list (The other two were Mary Wollstonecraft’s… 474 more words


Faith in Freedom

For those interested in freedom, psychiatry and Thomas Szasz, the book Faith in Freedom gives the reader insight into Szasz’ commitment to freedom and personal autonomy. 577 more words

Book Review

Thomas Szasz: The Man and His Ideas

In this podcast interview, I talk with Jeffery Schaler about his new book, Thomas Szasz: The Man and His Ideas. Thomas Szasz was an iconoclastic psychiatrist who did not believe in the concept of mental illness. 55 more words

Mental Illness

The Ethics of Psychoanalysis

What is Autonomous Psychotherapy?

The Ethics of Psychoanalysis is a brilliant book on how to practice ethical psychotherapy. But, what is psychotherapy to a psychiatrist who does not believe in mental illness? 579 more words

Book Review

Ceremonial Chemistry

Are some drugs dangerous and other drugs safe?

In his book, Ceremonial Chemistry Szasz details how drugs such as opium has been used for thousands of years, yet suddenly come to be considered dangerous. 471 more words

Book Review