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Thomas Stephen Szasz

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I discovered Dr Szasz's books while browsing in the city library. To my wonderful delight he opened the matter of psychotherapy as the Emperor's New Clothes in such lucid simplicity that I have continued to read his publications for years. He confirmed what conclusions I had come to when I sought professional help for myself and family. None of what they offered was of any use.
At length I had occasion to query him concerning some thoughts in one of his

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Posted by: Jess Ware - Kansas City, MO - acquaintance   Sep 20, 2012

I read Szasz's work along with R. D. Laing and Berger and Luckmann's The Social Construction of Reality. From all of these writers I learned to think differently about the "reality" of psychiatric diagnoses and always to look at symptoms in the social context. His influence on me was profound, and I am saddened by his passing.

Posted by: Hendrika Vande Kemp - Annandale, VA - A reader and admirer of his work   Sep 20, 2012

I am very sad to hear that we have lost such a smart man. Fortunately there is quite a legacy for the rest of us. I wish mister Szasz peace and comfort in this final journey and light and love for the ones around him.

Posted by: Arno Tijnagel - Amsterdam, NY   Sep 19, 2012

I can only express my thanks to Tom by repeating my words when I presented ten years ago to Tom the Irren-Offensives (Lunatic Offensive) Freedom Award, the "Golden Flashlight". This award was a symbol of our thanks to him as the first person within the suppressive shrink profession who had the courage and straightforwardness to throw light on the snakepit:
"Your truth set us free, the truth that no such thing as "mental illness" exists at all.
There was always grievance against

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Posted by: rene talbot - berlin   Sep 18, 2012

A Life
One Life
One person
Beginning as an infant boy who becomes a man
Learning growing reaching changing
Not only their own path
Influencing the paths of many
A. Life well lived can be defined
Only defined by whose life it is
Change makers struggle
Change makers survive many oceans and valleys in their pursuit of justice for self and others
Choices are made
Time has its rhythm to the winds of worldwird change

My deepest respect and gratitude for the choices and the life you shared with the wod..

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Posted by: Roe. Royal - South glens falls, NY - Human rights advocate   Sep 17, 2012

He was such a generous soul, his work, with the likes of R.D. Laing, etc., will be appreciated and passed on forever. He understood, acted upon my tenet, all threads are needed in the fabric of life, and we cannot allow it to be torn asunder; from without (manipulation, destruction to extinction), nor within (with republican conspiracies psychic terrorism, the "suck", possesion). Thanx again, Thomas, for all you have done! reality.

Posted by: james m nordlund - fargo, ND - Shared his work, fellow activist   Sep 17, 2012

Dear Suzy, We were so sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. Please know that you have our very deepest sympathy. Our thought and prayers are with you and your Family. With Love the Poplawski's

Posted by: Poplawski's - Syracuse, NY   Sep 16, 2012

One of the truly good guys, warm, wise and funny

Posted by: Ron Roberts - London   Sep 16, 2012

Though I did not personally know you, Thomas I admire your extensive work for Mankind and defending individuals rights. You will always be remembered.

Posted by: Chrissy Jenkins - Clarkston, MI   Sep 16, 2012

Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba (Cong: Omein).
May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified (`Cong: Amen.)

b'al'ma di v'ra khir'utei
in the world that He created as He willed.

v'yam'likh mal'khutei b'chayeikhon uv'yomeikhon
May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days,

uv'chayei d'khol beit yis'ra'eil
and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,

ba'agala uviz'man kariv v'im'ru:
swiftly and soon. Now say:

(Mourners and Congregation:)
Amein. Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varakh l'alam ul'al'mei al'maya
(Amen. May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.)

Yit'barakh v'yish'tabach

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Posted by: Y.B. ben Avraham    Sep 15, 2012