Pain and Pleasure: A Study of Bodily Feelings

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Syracuse University Press, 1988 - Psychology - 303 pages
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In this work Dr. Szasz dispels popular and scientific confusion about what pain and pleasure actually are. Demonstrating the doubtful value of such distinctions as "real" and Imagined" pain, or "physical" and "intellectual" pleasure, he analyses the basic concepts-psychological, philosophical, and sociological-involved in bodily feelings and discusses how these feelings are communicated. Some of the subjects discussed in Pain and Pleasure include: self-mutilation, sexual satisfaction, "hysterical anesthesia," false pregnancy, laughter, homosexuality, and dream analysis.

 

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Amazing insights regarding the convergences of feelings.....and how we have chosen to deal with them as humans, humanity, physical, psychological, subjective, objective, social, personal, community and human rights. Worth reading at least twice.

Contents

Preface 1988
vii
Pain in a New Perspective 1975
xvii
Preface to the First Edition
lv
Acknowledgments
lxi
of Physics and of Psychology
14
Analysis of Concepts and Clarification
34
The Psychology of Pain
49
Part III The Psychology of Bodily
105
The Psychology of Pleasure
183
Pleasure
222
Retrospects and Conclusions
235
The Complementary Nature of the Psycho
241
Sociological Considerations
247
Publications on Pain by Thomas S Szasz m d
257
Index of Authors
279
Index of Subjects
285

Excerpts from the Literature
170

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About the author (1988)

Thomas Szasz was professor of psychiatry emeritus at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, Washington, DC. He was a big figure in the anti-psychitary movement, a critic of the moral and scientific foundation of psychiatry, and a critic of medicine in society in the social control aspect. His numerous works include The Age of Madness, Ideology and Insanity: Essays on the Psychiatric Dehumanization of Man, and Coercion as Cure: A Critical History of Psychiatry.

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