From Morality to Mental Health: Virtue and Vice in a by Mike W. Martin

By Mike W. Martin

Morality and psychological wellbeing and fitness at the moment are inseparably associated in our view of personality. Alcoholics are in poor health, but they're punished for inebriated riding. Drug addicts are criminals, yet their punishment should be courtroom ordered treatment. the road among personality flaws and character issues has develop into fuzzy, with even the seven lethal sins obvious as psychological issues. as well as pathologizing wrong-doing, we additionally psychologize advantage; self-respect turns into vanity, integrity turns into mental integration, and accountability turns into adulthood. ethical suggestion is now sought basically from psychologists and therapists instead of philosophers or theologians.

In this wide-ranging, obtainable publication, Mike W. Martin asks: are we exchanging morality with treatment, in in all likelihood pressured and unsafe methods, or are we creatively integrating morality and psychological wellbeing and fitness? in accordance with him, it is a bit of either. He surveys the ways that morality and psychological wellbeing and fitness are similar, relating functional issues like love and paintings, self-respect and self-fulfillment, guilt and melancholy, crime and violence, and addictions. Terming this integrative improvement "the healing development in ethics," Martin makes use of examples from pop culture, a variety of ethical controversies, and attracts on a line of idea that incorporates Plato, the Stoics, Freud, Nietzsche, and modern psychotherapeutic theories. Martin develops a few attention-grabbing conclusions, between them that sound morality is certainly fit, and that ethical values are necessarily embedded in our conceptions of psychological healthiness. in any case, he exhibits how either morality and psychological wellbeing and fitness are inextricably intertwined in our pursuit of a significant existence. This ebook could be of curiosity to philosophers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and sociologists, in addition to the overall reader.

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