Thomas Szasz on clear thinking

“Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.”

–Thomas Szasz

Thomas Stephen Szasz (April 15, 1920 – September 8, 2012) was a Hungarian-American academic, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He served for most of his career as professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Wikipedia

Szasz argued throughout his career that mental illness is a metaphor for human problems in living, and that mental illnesses are not ‘illnesses’ in the sense that physical illnesses are; and that except for a few identifiable brain diseases, there are ‘neither biological or chemical tests nor biopsy or necropsy findings for verifying DSM diagnoses.’

Szasz maintained throughout his career that he was not anti-psychiatry but was rather anti-coercive psychiatry. He was a staunch opponent of civil commitment and involuntary psychiatric treatment but believed in, and practiced, psychiatry and psychotherapy between consenting adults.”

(Contributed by Michael Kelly, H.W.)

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