Except for a few souls in this world who are mystically aware, the practice of psychology and psychiatry will not create a truly mentally healthy society. As it currently stands, the world standard for mental health is collective neurosis. The occupation of the clinical psychologist and psychiatrist is to adjust the mind to be functional in a dysfunctional society. What is called mental health is the ability to function with that which is dysfunctional collectively. The illusions of one’s personal isolation must be made to fit into the illusions and vogue of whatever is considered reality in present-day society.
The basis of identity as viewed by clinical psychology and psychiatry is that the self, one’s identity, is that of a personal ego identity, a product of an organism bumping up against its environment through a long period of time—first to form a simple awareness of itself and eventually to evolve into an environmentally created identity or ego. Put enough egos together and you form an ego society. If, for whatever reason, one ego cannot function within the collective ego society in which it dwells, it then is considered dysfunctional, with the role of today’s mental health clinician being to adjust it, to get it back into step with the collective thinking, the neurosis of today’s ego society.