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Posted: March 25, 2016 in Page 8: Coming to Terms with Bad

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Like magic:
The American Psychological Association has taken care of thatthey simply removed it from its list of mental disorders.

It depends on how one judges mental illness: The emminent psychoanalyst, Erich Fromm, in his seminal work The Sane Society points out that there are two ways to consider whether or not a certain behavior, or condition, is to be considered normal, as opposed to a form of mental illness:
1) Does it meet the criteria of that which competent psychologists commonly consider to be normal?, or 2) is it behavior which, however bizarre or seemingly harmful, is commonplace in the society?, in which case, it may be considered normal. The only problem here, with this latter approach, is that many documented examples can be given where an entire society can be said to be crazy, mentally ill. Decidedly, just because something is common does not mean that it is a desired condition, or ‘normal,’ where mental health is concerned.


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