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Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 18, 2011
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--Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and Understanding Men’s Passages
“Dr. Justin Frank’s brilliant use of psychoanalytic categories to unravel the mystery and enigma of President Barack Obama should be read by every American. For years we have puzzled over how the president elected on a promise of ‘change we can believe in’ could have become the Democrat who capitulated to most Republican demands—while abandoning and denouncing his political base rather than fighting for the needs of the environment, the middle class, the poor, the immigrants, and the powerless. Obama on the Couch demonstrates why this pattern is for our president a necessary response to his own inner needs. Nuanced and measured, Dr. Frank’s book is a major contribution to contemporary political analysis.”
--Rabbi Michael Lerner, founding editor of Tikkun
“An analyst who can coin phrases like ”obsessive bipartisan disorder” to describe our President is a pleasure to read. But what makes Obama on the Couch an important book is Justin Frank’s ability to dive deep into the President’s eloquent writing about his childhood and emerge with fresh and major insights—unacknowledged rage for the mother Obama claims to idolize, unexpressed despair at his abandonment by his stepfather as well as his father. Obama on the Couch is nothing less than a public service.”
--Jesse Kornbluth, HeadButler.com
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Dr. Frank currently writes a biweekly column for Time.com. He also contributes to HuffingtonPost.com, DailyBeast.com and Salon.com, and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics as diverse as politics, film, and theater. He is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University Medical Center, and the co-director of the Metropolitan Center for Object Relations in New York.
Dr. Frank did his psychiatric residency at Harvard Medical School and was chief resident at the Cambridge Hospital. He was also awarded the DuPont-Warren Fellowship by Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Frank lives in Washington DC.
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It turns out that Dr. Frank was an enthusiastic supporter of Candidate Obama in 2008.
In the introduction Dr. Frank raises eleven key questions about President Obama that he plans to address in his book (pages 6-7):
(1) "How does he come across so differently to different people yet remain an enigma to many?"
(2) "How does he attract identification from such a wide variety of people yet leave so many of them disappointed?"
(3) "Why has someone who campaigned for change so often seemed so tentative?"
(4) "What lies behind his exceptional facility with language - and why do his actions so rarely live up to his words?"
(5) "Why is he so driven to compromise, settling for positions that leave so few people genuinely satisfied?"
(6) "Why is he drawn to charismatic, narcissistic men who ultimately let him down?"
(7) "Why does he appear to resist confronting authority figures?"
(8) "What is the source of his famous, Zen-like calm, and how and at what cost does he maintain it?Read more ›
As a figure he still intrigues me which is why I have read "Dreams of the Father" and "Audacity of Hope," followed by "Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope" by Nikki Grimes, and most recently the biography of his mother, Janny Scott's "A singular Woman," and that of his father, "The Other Barak" by Sally Jacobs--the latter two which I highly recommend.
So when I heard Dr. Justin Frank, M.D., a national expert on psychoanalysis and clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University, speak about "Obama on the Couch" on an NPR program, I immediately ordered the book--and I am so delighted I did.
I had thought maybe this might be a psycho-babble book--after all Dr. Frank is what he is!--but was delighted to discover that it is not. In other words, one does not need a degree in psychoanalysis to read and understand this book about a man who is in need to a real couch experience--I am referring to our president.
Why did the candidate who took on Hillary Clinton as effectively as he did, turn out to be a president who cannot face his enemies--and they are plentiful as we all know--but instead has a need to always accommodate them? Well, the answer to that is much clearer when one reads this book.
For me it has gelled together what I have read in the other books as well as what I have experienced of Obama as a president.Read more ›
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A good read, though a little heavy at times in psychological theory as it applies to the Pres. Not too bad, though. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Bob B.
Great book! Makes clear the immense difference between the man that ran for President and the President we've got, and why that difference exists.Published on December 11, 2013 by John Skuja
Interesting but not very accessible for the layman. The writing is a bit dense and leans a lot on the technical language of psychology. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Larry Hoffman
Like bush on the couch, I found some interesting daddy complex points relavent, but found the author repetitive and too absorbed in his analysis and pathology to stay focused on... Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Pamela Hannah
I found it harder to cope with Dr. Frank's criticisms of Obama than I did of his analyses of Obama's domestic opponents. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by D. Harris
The concept of the book is great. Unfortunately, Frank's political biases run so rampant that it renders the entire book a waste of time and money. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by gradstudent