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    Stein’s Understanding of Mental Health and Mental Illness.

    Lebech, Mette (2017) Stein’s Understanding of Mental Health and Mental Illness. In: Empathy, Sociality, and Personhood. Springer, pp. 107-123. ISBN 978-3-319-71095-2

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    This chapter discusses Stein’s understanding of mental health and mental illness in order to contribute to phenomenologically determine the formal object of psychiatry. It first outlines and defends Stein’s understanding of the psyche as an element of psycho-physical beings constituted from experiences marked by life power. Then it highlights three functions of the psychic mechanism that support mental health and which are affected in mental illness: vitality, rationality and trust. Finally the various ways in which psychic contagion can instigate and aggravate mental illness are discussed. It is argued that psychic causality is causing both the disturbances studied by psychiatry and the state of equilibrium its range of healing practices pursue and that thus the dysfunctional psyche, i.e. the psyche that does not support meaningful experiencing, is the formal object of psychiatry.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Psychiatry; Psychology; Life power; Psychic causality; Psychic contagion; Mental illness; Mental health; Edith Stein; Phenomenology of the psyche;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Philosophy
    Item ID: 13492
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    Depositing User: Mette Lebech
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 11:13
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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