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Industrial & Organisational : Introduction : Personnel : Organizational psychology : Occupations: Work environment: Index : Outline

Occupational psychosis is the concept that one's occupation or career makes that person so biased that they could be described as psychotic. Especially common in tight occupational circles, individuals can normalize ideas or behaviours that seem absurd or irrational to the external public. The term was created by John Dewey.The most accessible introduction to this concept is Chapter III of Kenneth Burke's Permanence and Change (Hermes Publications: Los Altos, CA, 1954). Burke is careful to say, "Incidentally, it might be well to recall that Professor Dewey does not use the word 'psychosis' in the psychiatric sense; it applies simply to a pronounced character [original emphasis] of the mind." (pg. 49.)

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