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Re: Politics meets mental health

Posted by sigismund on October 4, 2017, at 21:24:11

In reply to Re: Politics meets mental health alexandra_k, posted by beckett2 on October 4, 2017, at 5:20:58

> bad behavior

It is not just individuals, it can be groups. Corporate money in politics can be corrupting. The Hearing Protection Act deserves a mention in this respect.

We can understand (rather than excuse) bad behaviour when we know how it makes sense to the perpetrator. The Seven Deadly Sins (eg. greed) are not signs of mental illness, but they are pathological.

idk, Erich Fromm wrote a book called "The Sane Society" I read a long time ago. From the Amazon description......

'In so doing, he counters the profound pessimism for our future that Freud expressed and sets forth the goals of a society in which the emphasis is on each person and on the social measures designed to further function as a responsible individual.'

My sympathies are with Freud.

There are many instances of group behaviours difficult to understand as being in anyone's interest. We are a very imaginative species......sometimes it runs away with us.

 

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