The contribution of the social sciences to mental hygiene

Author/s Erich Fromm
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/4
Language Italian Pages 0 P. 593-598 File size 31 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2019-004003
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In this contribution, presented at the Fourth International Congress on Mental Health organized in México City on December 11-19, 1951, and here translated in Italian for the first time, the issue of mental health conceived as passive adaptation to society is critically discussed. Human nature has unique and stable foundations that can be suffocated by the rules of a community that does not respect them; this process can produce either manifest psychological disorders or a latent, unconscious disturbance that manifests itself as a rigid conformism to the rules of society.

Keywords: Mental health; Conformism; Society; Personality; Human nature

Erich Fromm, Il contributo delle scienze sociali all’igiene mentale (1951) in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 4/2019, pp 593-598, DOI: 10.3280/PU2019-004003