As a psychology major, you may read some of the writings by psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz before you graduate. Psychology can have many applications, and one of those is reportedly to treat “psychopathology” or “psychological disorders”. These are also sometimes referred to “mental disorders” or “mental illness”. Dr. Thomas Szasz is perhaps most famous for writing the book The Myth Of Mental Illness.
His books and articles can be interesting to read. Perhaps one should talk to their professors and faculty in their local psychology department and encourage them to include the works of Dr. Thomas Szasz in the curriculum if they have not already done so. It should perhaps be included in the education of all psychology majors. If one is not able to study the works of this psychiatrist through their formal education, then perhaps at least one should read his writings on one’s own time. This will perhaps make one into a better and more ethical clinician.
So if you are going to be a psychology major, be on the look out for writings by Dr. Thomas Szasz. He advocates abolishing the insanity defense and involuntary treatment. He coined the term “psychiatric slavery”, and has written a book by the same title. He is a psychiatrist who advocates not for psychiatry to be abolished, but only that it be practiced con-sensually, if he be practiced at all. He advocates that psychiatric slavery be abolished. This psychiatrist also advocates for all drugs to be legalized.
He takes a no-nonsense approach. Some college courses may have you read some of his materials. One if his best books is Insanity: The Idea And Its Consequences. If more humans listened to what this man has to say, then perhaps this Earth would be a much nice place. He has written many books. Many of them are available in digital versions. His ideas are sensible. Dr. Thomas Szasz is perhaps a model for what clinicians should aspire to be like.
Hopefully, more humans will listen to him. Hopefully, more psychology majors will head his wisdom and guidance. Perhaps in the future, his ideas will have more influence than they already have had. His logic is superb. His ideas are wonderful. He condemns coercion. He advocates for freedom and personal responsibility. He seems to argue that often psychiatrists promote liberty and freedom, but not personal responsibility.
His is perhaps a libertarian. It seems that politics and psychology have a connection. Psychologists should not be law enforcers.