Bad Ideas as a Cause of Mental Illness
Q&A Radio: 9 June 2013, Question 2
I answered a question on bad ideas as a cause of mental illness on 9 June 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Can the consistent practice of wrong ideas lead to mental illness? Often, the most consistent practitioners of an ideology – such as Naziism or Islam – seem to become increasingly unhinged over time. Does fully embracing a fantasy-based ideology entail or encourage mental illness, such as paranoia and delusions? If so, are such people then not responsible for what they say or do?
My Answer, In Brief: A person can damage his mind severely by consistent practice of evasion and irrationality, and religion and other fantasy-based ideologies can help a person do that.
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