Mental Illness and the Addictive Personality
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This paper reviews M. Scott Peck's 1978 book, 'The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth'. In so doing, the paper explores how Peck defines addictive personalities and what his broad definition of mental illness is. The writer discusses that in a related vein, Peck explores passive dependency and looks at what factors create and exacerbate this addiction to demanding unconditional love from others. He also explores the manipulative nature of many (if not most) passive dependency types and looks at how the boundaries of the personal ego can be expanded through love. Finally, the paper examines Peck's belief that discipline is essential to mental health and to productive living and time is also devoted to looking at where his arguments appear to falter.
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