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What Is Happiness? The Loss Of Human Nature In Psychiatry

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Psychiatry seems to be in a quandary about its subject matter and its efficacy. In author's understanding the pragmatics of personality that is of motivation and choice has been split in the world of academic specialization that feeds into psychiatry into emphasis on motivation in a vacuum that is personality as determined by chemical processes, and choice as an object of intellectual contemplation. Thomas Jefferson, founder of the American democratic philosophy of government, and others of his generation, believed that government should be concerned with carrying out the goals, but not substituting for the goals, of community. To give an example more relevant to psychiatry, at one time psychoanalysis had hoped to use verbal discussion to achieve direct access to the emotions, an access which would allow for changing emotions, both through "rational" and "irrational" means.

Keywords: psychiatry; psychoanalysis; Thomas Jefferson



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