Psychoanalyzing Trump

Mon, 2017/10/23 - 1:08pm | Your editor
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Judy Lewis Herman M.D., no relation, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist whom I know from college, has co-authored an article with Bandy X. Lee of Yale whom I don't know, arguing that Donald Trump is mentally unstable and should be impeached by Congress because he cannot be trusted with the life and death powers of the presidency. It apparently referred to his aggressive behavior, constant self-praise, and well-documented lies to diagnose the Commander-in-Chief as a narcissistic personality.

The article was cited today on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung website so I cannot give exact quotations. FAZ wrote about “seinen sprunghalftern Verhalten, dem dauernden Selbstlob, den gut dokumentierten Luegen und Trumps Umgang mit Kritiern Anhaltspunkte fuer psychische Problems, zum Beispeil fuer Soziopathie und eine narzisstische Persoenlichkeitsstroerung.” Your editor, who sometimes had to read Freud in the original version, translated.

The article extracts from Lee's book called “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” just published by Macmillan. There are no extracts available on-line in English, the language in which the book was written, and it costs $27.99 new and $17.04 used—amazing since it only came out Oct. 3. I ordered a used copy but it will be a few days before I have read Judy's commentary and that of 26 others. Assuming that Judy remains as compelling a debater as she was in college, you will be able to learn more after I get the book.


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