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The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President Hardcover – October 1, 2017
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"This is an historic work in the history of American psychiatry. We have never been in this place before." ―Lawrence O'Donnell
"There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump...profound, illuminating and discomforting" ―Bill Moyers
"The stand these psychiatrists are taking takes courage, and their conclusions are compelling." ―The Washington Post
“When I first heard about the conference that gave rise to this book at Yale, I was worried that a manifesto would come out with a diagnosis…. That is not what happened: what happened is a very thoughtful assessment based on lots of public data, which gives us a very clear way of thinking about the terrific vulnerabilities of our current president that elicits a duty to warn.” - Samuel Barondes, Professor Emeritus and Former Chair of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco
“This insightful collection … is a valuable primary source documenting the critical turning point when American psychiatry reassessed the ethics of restraining commentary on the mental health of public officials in light of the ‘duty to warn’ of imminent danger.” - Estelle Freedman, the Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University
About the Author
Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., is Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. A leading psychohistorian, his renown comes from his studies of the doctors who aided Nazi war crimes and from his work with Hiroshima survivors. He was an outspoken critic of the American Psychological Association’s aiding of government-sanctioned torture, as he is a vocal opponent of nuclear weapons. His research encompasses the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and the theory of thought reform.
Gail Sheehy, Ph.D., as author, journalist, and popular lecturer, has changed the way millions of women and men around the world look at their life stages. In her 50-year career, she has written 17 books, including her revolutionary Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times. As a literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York Magazine and to Vanity Fair since 1984. A winner of many awards, three honorary doctorates, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 by Books for a Better Life, she has regularly commented on political figures, including in her acclaimed biography of Hillary Clinton.
William J. Doherty, Ph.D., is a Professor of Family Social Science and Director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project and the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. In May 2016, he authored the Citizen Therapist Manifesto Against Trumpism, which was signed by over 3,800 therapists. After the election, he founded Citizen Therapists for Democracy. He is a Senior Fellow with Better Angels, an organization devoted to depolarizing America at the grass roots level. He helped pioneer the area of medical family therapy, and in 2017 received the American Family Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States. A laureate professor at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. He lives in Tuscon, Arizona.
- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250179459
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250179456
- Item Weight : 1.28 pounds
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The rap on the book comes from academic physicians who cite the Goldwater rule, which says you shouldn’t diagnose a person’s pathology unless you’ve examined them directly. I’m an academic and can assure you otherwise. The contributors in the book take that argument on directly, and carefully qualify their diagnoses based upon the behavior they see from afar. They also argue that Trump is the most powerful person in the world with his finger on the nuclear button...understanding his pathology “trumps” all other concerns.
History will reference this book when it analyzes Trump’s personality, pathology, and performance. I recommend it enthusiastically.
What this book proves to me, more than anything, is that we need to have our presidential candidates and presidents under non-partisan or bi-partisan stringent physical *and* mental health review. We currently don’t even hold candidates accountable to provide accurate, reliable medical histories and a certification that they are in good enough health to do the job. Psychiatry is not an exact science, no, but that doesn’t mean it has no bearing on determining not just the ability of a POTUto handle the stress of the job, but to behave in a way that won’t undermine the office or the country’s role on the world stage. An unstable POTUS means an unstable country, and we cannot have that.
So, this book has taught me to regret that we don’t have greater medical and psychiatric oversight regarding the individual put in the most powerful role in the United States of America. The military has psychiatric oversight over their individual members. Why not the civilian in charge? The person who has the power over our nuclear arsenal needs to be deemed able to make that call rationally and not emotionally. Only a continued psychiatric observation can determine whether an individual is of sound mind.
I’m not even talking about Trump. He’s just the example that makes the need clear. Each contributor has pointed out numerous seriously troubling signs that Trump is not of sound mind OR body, and not capable of doing the job. The outrageous letter reportedly written by his doctor sounds like Trump wrote it himself, and didn’t even use proper medical terminology. How did anyone think that was acceptable? I’m sshocked that that’s all that’s required. A team of physicians employed by the government, not by the individual, should examine the candidate, the President-Elect, and the President, as well as the Vice-President, annually. I find it shocking we don’t do that. And this book has convinced me we need psychological examinations as well. I mean, even a perfectly healthy man or woman would find the job extremely stressful. They would probably benefit from some psychiatric care just as a given. And at the advanced age of most elected to the office, there should be careful monitoring for signs of age-related issues.
Trump may very well have some early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s, as some in this book have sugggested. But even if he doesn’t, I’m convinced, by the contributors to this book, and by my own witness, that the man is a classic Malignant Narcissist. All politicians have to be narcissistic to some degree. But Trump is at a severe level that absolutely negatively affects his ability to govern. His impulsive behavior and thin skin exacerbate the problem.
But again, Trump is just an example. The greater issues pondered here in these essays, about the psychiatric community and about the impact of the mental health and personality of He President, or anyone in a position of power, should be discussed, and discussed NOW. Trump is a symptom, and there’s definitely something wrong with the way we currently operate regarding our leaders’ physical and mental health.
I’ thnink a complete psychological work-up, like those ordered by judges for some criminal defendants, would be where I’d START. Not because I’m saying Trumps a criminal; that’s off-topic. But because I think ANYONE in his role should undergo one. And I think the men and women who contributed to this book would likely agree.
But the question we must then ponder is: what do we do after that? ’
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Despite the constraint of the “Goldwater Rule” preventing Mental Health Experts from diagnosing the President without a one-to-one assessment, they carefully and clearly illuminate their professional assessments of Donald Trump’s symptoms, actions and behaviours which can observed by any non-expert when watching television, attending rallies and reading his innumerable ranting tweets.
And the 37 mental health experts declare that after two years Trump is only getting worse. He rants. He lashes out. He threatens violence. As a former staffer has stated – he has become “unhinged”. This collection of essays makes fascinating but scary reading, highlighting President Trump’s manifest psychological disorders, especially his dangerously malignant narcissism.
The essays put his serious mental disorders in context by reminding us of the damage President Trump has done to American society in just a few years. Numerous studies show that Americans (and millions of long-term undocumented immigrants who have long contributed to US growth) suffer higher levels of stress, violence and concern about their future following Trump’s election to President.
And also that President Trump has his finger on the nuclear button. In a moment of psychosocial delusion he could destroy our entire civilisation. Meanwhile he has insulted and alienated his allies whilst admiring tyrants such as Putin and Kim Jong-Un. As the experts suggest, Trump is following in the footsteps of these tyrants – and others, including Hitler.
The essays are an excellent introduction in psychology and psychiatric analysis. I now understand so much more about narcissism, psychosocial disorders and pathological behaviours. This is an outstanding primer for anyone interested in these subjects.
I am not going to spoil anything by saying too much here but a must-read for any US voter with any intelligence - and concern for life as we know it.
Nice combination of media quotes, coupled to DSM V symptoms..
Helps me understand how diagnoses are made.
After the first few chapters it becomes a bit repetitive (more of the same).
If Malignant Narcissism is such a historical thing, shouldn't we have a compulsory assessment for all those who want to be in public office?