We Suffer from Moral Illness, Not Mental Illness
There is no such thing as “mental health or “mental illness”, there is only Moral Health and Moral Illness. This is true even when there is an underlying organic defect, which is the etiology of the symptoms.
There are three classes of people who suffer from the various symptoms Psychoses, Neuroses and Behavioral Disorders:
1) those whose moral structure is pathological
2) those who have been traumatized by those whose moral structures are pathological to the point where they were forced to create an alternative reality in which to live or were rendered dysfunctional as a result of the trauma
3) those who are both – the vast majority of Humanity today because we allow the morally pathological to not only run amok in society, but even lead our societies.
There is no scientific cure for Moral Illness. No pill, surgery or implant can cure moral illness. Talk therapy is effective only to the extent that it is a morally healthy interchange.
To attempt to cure moral illness with scientific methods is pseudo-science. That approach has been the preferred method of (mal and mis)treatment in Psychiatry and Psychology because those professions tend to attract many Psychopaths who quickly assume a leadership and authoritarian position in the Psych-Social Services community and steer it to their own nefarious purposes.
The first honest and effective step in eradicating the symptoms of Psychoses, Neuroses and Personality Disorders must be an intrepid treatment of Psychopathy, on every societal level.
Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel