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Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 18, 2011
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“Wonder why President Obama can’t fight back? The answer is in this compelling book. Dr. Frank unravels the tragic flaw within a tightly woven man whose unexpressed rage toward both his parents has neutered him as a leader. Aware of his own capacity for destructiveness, he cannot allow himself to retaliate against opponents bent on crushing his Presidency. Pass on this book to his advisers. It could lift him out of depression and free him to expose the fractures threatening our country and heal our national split before it is too late.”
--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. Justin Frank, a widely-published national expert on psychoanalysis, is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the
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I wanted to increase my insights by having my daughter-in-law read the book and give me her views. She had professor Obama for both Constitutional Law and a Seminar on Civil Rights. But she had obviously read about the decline and fall of psycho-analysis and refused to buy into the book. She thought a lot of it was just made up. I mentioned to her that the State Department had long been doing this type of analysis about foreign leaders to try and predict how they would act in certain circumstances. She acknowledged that but stuck to her guns.
I am reminded of the Thomas Eagleton matter during the 1972 race for the White House. Eagleton was forced to resign as George McGovern's running mate because he acknowledged that he had sought therapy for depression. At the time, my father-in-law stated that President Nixon had been in therapy. I asked him how he knew. This psychiatrist said that President Nixon knew (through therapy) that he had a serious type personality (as this author would say his depressive side) and every once in a while he would catch himself being too serious and put on a smile to hide his short comings. What was obvious to my father-in-law was that the smiles came at inappropriate times, thus exposing his previous therapy. This did not become public knowledge. Since that time, I have taken these psycho-analysis type books more seriously.
Again, I thought the book was well worth reading. So are the others. Leading With My Heart was a hoot. Many reviewers said Virginia stretched the truth a lot, but I thought she had a lot of spunk.
Worth it as a perspective if you want some perspective on WHY he behaves as he does.