If you talk to God,
You are praying;
If God talks to you,
You have schizophrenia.
Prof. Thomas S. Szasz, 'The Second Sin.'
WATCH THE VIDEOBAR BY CLICKING ON THOMAS SSASZ'S INTERVIEW IN U.K. OR HIS EXCELLENT VIDEO ABOUT 'THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS,' HIS SEMINAL BOOK.
"THERE IS NO HIGHER FORM OF HUMAN ENDEAVOUR THAN TELLING THE TRUTH AND SHAMING THE DEVIL."
WALT WHITMAN (POET)
A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Professor Thomas Szasz
Labeling a child as mentally ill
Giving a child a psychiatric drug
|People often say that this or that person |
has not yet found himself.
But the self is not something one finds,
it is something one creates.
People who are said (by themselves or others) to "have" a mental illness can only have, at best, a "fake disease." Diagnoses of "mental illness" or "mental disorder" (the latter expression called by Szasz a "weasel term" for mental illness) are passed off as "scientific categories" but they remain merely judgments (judgments of disdain) to support certain uses of power by psychiatric authorities. In that line of thinking, schizophrenia is not the name of a disease entity but a judgment of extreme psychiatric and social reprobation.
Szasz consistently pays attention to the power of language in the establishment and maintenance of the social order, both in small interpersonal as well as wider socio-political spheres:
"The struggle for definition is veritably the struggle for life itself. In the typical Western two men fight desperately for the possession of a gun that has been thrown to the ground: whoever reaches the weapon first shoots and lives; his adversary is shot and dies. In ordinary life, the struggle is not for guns but for words; whoever first defines the situation is the victor; his adversary, the victim. For example, in the family, husband and wife, mother and child do not get along; who defines whom as troublesome or mentally sick?...[the one] who first seizes the word imposes reality on the other; [the one] who defines thus dominates and lives; and [the one] who is defined is subjugated and may be killed."
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