From Morality to Mental Health: Virtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture

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Morality and mental health are now inseparably linked in our view of character. Alcoholics are sick, yet they are punished for drunk driving. Drug addicts are criminals, but their punishment can be court ordered therapy. The line between character flaws and personality disorders has become fuzzy, with even the seven deadly sins seen as mental disorders. In addition to pathologizing wrong-doing, we also psychologize virtue; self-respect becomes self-esteem, integrity becomes psychological integration, and responsibility ...

From Morality to Mental Health: Virtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture 2006, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780195304718

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