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

Mike W. Martin

Abstract

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 becomes maturity. Moral advice is now sought primarily from psychologists a ... More

Keywords: alcoholism, drugs, personality disorders, pathologizing, self-esteem, therapy, guilt, depression, crime, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304718
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195304713.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike W. Martin, author
Chapman University
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