Tuesday , 4 August 2020

Is Trump Mentally Ill? Psychiatrists Weigh In

The psychiatric community is starting to comment on the fitness of Donny “Twitter”Trump Trump for the position of POTUS. The deeper they plunge into Trump’s presidency, the more willing they are to call it like they see and hear it. This Washington Post article reviews several books by psychiatrists which try to answer the prevailing question: “Is Trump mentally ill or is America?

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…Some psychiatrists and other mental-health professionals are shedding long-held norms to argue that Trump’s condition presents risks to the nation and the world.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump – 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” features more than two dozen essays breaking down the president’s perceived traits, which the contributors find consistent with symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder, sociopathy and other maladies. “Collectively with our coauthors, we warn that anyone as mentally unstable as Mr. Trump simply should not be entrusted with the life-and-death powers of the presidency,” Judith Lewis Herman of Harvard Medical School and Bandy X. Lee of the Yale School of Medicine write in the book’s prologue.

Clinical psychologist Craig Malkin and other contributors to “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” — write that his political statements and actions as well as his interviews, books and social-media activity — suggest more ominous possibilities.

  • Philip Zimbardo (of the famous Stanford prison experiment) and Rosemary Sword write that:
    • Trump displays signs of “extreme present hedonism,” the tendency to live in the moment without considering consequences, seeking to bolster one’s self-esteem no matter the risk.
    • Or he exhibits “narcissistic personality disorder,” which includes believing you’re better than others, exaggerating your achievements and expecting constant praise.
    • Others suggest that Trump shows indications of sociopathy, including lack of empathy, absence of guilt and intentional ma­nipu­la­tion.

Combine hedonism, narcissism and bullying, and you get “an impulsive, immature, incompetent person who, when in the position of ultimate power, easily slides into the role of the tyrant.” Put it all together and you have “malignant narcissism,” which includes antisocial behavior, paranoid traits, even sadism.

  • Retired Harvard psychiatry professor Lance Dodes concludes that,
    • “Mr. Trump’s sociopathic characteristics are undeniable and will create a profound danger for America’s democracy and safety. These characteristics will only become worse over time, either because Mr. Trump
      • will succeed in gaining more power and more grandiosity with less grasp on reality, or because he
      • will engender more criticism producing more paranoia, more lies, and more enraged destruction.” (When the president stands before the U.N. General Assembly and threatens to “totally destroy” an enemy country of 25 million people, enraged destruction seems on point.)

…In his new book, “Twilight of American Sanity – A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump”, psychiatrist Allen Frances asserts that Trump is not mentally ill — we are. “Calling Trump crazy allows us to avoid confronting the craziness in our society,” he writes. “We can’t expect to change Trump, but we must work to undo the societal delusions that created him…Trump is a threat to the United States, and to the world, not because he is clinically mad, but because he is very bad.”

Kurt Andersen contends in “Fantasyland – How America Went Haywire, a 500-Year History” [that the delusions mentioned above], have been around for a long time. “People tend to regard the Trump moment — this post-truth, alternative facts moment — as some inexplicable and crazy new American phenomenon,” he writes. “In fact, what’s happening is just the ultimate extrapolation and expression of attitudes and instincts that have made America exceptional for its entire history.”

Depending on which of the [above] books you trust — and their persuasive powers vary considerably — you might conclude that:

  • Trump is of unsound mind,
  • or that we’re the deranged ones for electing him,
  • or that America has always been disturbed, with Trump’s presidency just the latest manifestation…

[The above being said, in spite of] all their expertise in human behavior, these psychiatrists don’t seem well-equipped to coax us out of our current political madness. Perhaps the Trump era also requires new therapy for America’s shrinks…

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  1. Fancy having the lack of comprehension to even quote the Washington Post.
    You are seriously diminished in my eyes.

    And you aren’t so forsightfull with your gold commentary – but if you keep on
    long enough, I suppose that eventually, you must get it right.


  2. America is one sick nation. You ought now have learned what the media and deep state are up to.
    Come to OZ to live – America is finished.

  3. Correct me if I’m in error, butTrump had his TV show, and was in the public eye for decades, but I don’t recall a body of concerned psychiatrists saying he was craxy until after he beat Hillary. In looking over the list of Mr. Trump’s problems and defects, it seems to me that they could apply to most Presidents since Eisenhower. If all the psychiatric experts are right, Democrats can take little comfort from the fact that the electorate preferred a “crazy” man to their candidate.