The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess A President

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"Since the start of Donald Trump's presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association's "Goldwater rule," which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both. In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump's symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man. Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set into everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up. His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. It's not in our heads. It's in his."--Jacket.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press,
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250179456
Branch Call Number: ANF 973.933092 DANG
Characteristics: xix, 360 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lee, Bandy X. 1970-

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Personally, I think that this book is nothing but a hoax. (You are certainly welcome to think otherwise) To me - This is the sort of book that laughs (Ha! Ha! Ha!) right in the reader's face 'cause the reader so earnestly wants to believe that what's been written in these pages is being told on the level. But, it's not the case.

If these 27 so-called psychiatrists/mental health experts had actually met US prez, Donald Trump personally and diagnosed his mental state at that point - Then - Yes - I could accept what they are saying was sincere and holds some justifiable validity.

But these psychiatric clowns are only assessing the mental state of a persona manufactured for the public to see (like an actor) and not that of a real person. So, what they report here is all mere speculation and, in the long run, doesn't hold water. And, in this anti-Trump book they are, of course, saying exactly what people who detest this mega-monster want to hear.

Anyway - It's all up to you to read this strongly-biased book for yourself and then you can decide, once and for all, WTF's what.

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Wattage
Mar 27, 2018

Gosh this book is hard to read.
There's two reasons for that: #1 they use technical jargon and tend to waffle in a very academic way which is so dry to read, it'll practically make your eyes water.
#2 is because the implications are staggering, it can take time just to digest it all.
I think the reason they wrote it in such a precise and academic way is purely to cover themselves as much as possible against legal attack, which is something they really need to be concerned about...

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winston16
Mar 24, 2018

Required reading as evidence mounts regarding #45's mental condition. Sobering, terrifying and spot on.

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green_cat_3454
Mar 22, 2018

It has gotten to the point that the democrats are like the sore losers in a monopoly game, they will do or say anything to get what they want.

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htlibre
Mar 14, 2018

Shameful hatchet job by mental health professionals who should have composed a more balanced analysis.For instance,the "flaws' they claim the president displays,can they be "virtues" in a politician or leader in an age of social media dominance? Does executive decision making require " close attention to details" or is judgment based on assessment of the experts' advice acceptable? Use of Twitter by a president , is this a personality disorder or a new way of political influence?

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shan59
Mar 04, 2018

Brilliant analogy by intelligent psychologists who are willing to put their careers on the line to tell their side. If you only read the Prologue by Robert Jay Lifton and Epilogue by Noam Chomsky, you will have enough to keep you awake and aware.

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zipread
Jan 13, 2018

Clearly, Donald Trump is a whack job. I've thought so since a long time ago. And with every passing day, that White House Bozo goes even further to prove me right. Brandy Lee's book, a compendium of thought from some of the foremost psychiatrists in the US just goes to verify all my suspicions. Narcissist, paranoia, dangerous, impulsivity: these terms the experts label the Menace in the White House who has no difficulty in labelling all the countries of one of the planet's biggest continents "shitholes". Does that mean its now OK to call him President Shithead?
Read this book. It's good for you. It'll affirm that you're not alone. Unless you're a Trumphite in which case you'll start tweeting your ire around 3am.

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LarryStonebridge
Dec 20, 2017

Incredibly unprofessional piece of literary garbage! Partisan politics at it's worst!

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Patriot11
Nov 05, 2017

Political chicanery at its best...or worst:-p While President Trump was not my first choice, the drivel put out the great crook and liar herself, HRC, gets echoed by some of the same elites against whom many people voted in the 2016 election. I would suggest that these "shrinks" may need to have themselves examined and question their motives for saying and writing what they have; we may find they desire the control over the general population they project onto Donald J. Trump. So, please spare us the psycho-babble/pop psychology and incessant whining and attempts at discrediting a political philosophy by using the so-called science of psychiatry...despicable. :-p

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pvdl
Oct 30, 2017

This is a really great book by 27 distinguished American psychiatrists.
There's a "Goldwater rule" in psychiatry that you mustn't diagnose someone without examining them. None of these guys have examined trump, nor are they likely to. So they each start their essay with a long argument about why they are not breaking the Goldwater rule! (All the arguments are "we have a greater duty to the nation" - fair enough).

We have an impulsive, immature, lazy, dishonest, none-too-bright, spiteful monster with his finger on the button that can kill us all, along with millions overseas. He is enabled by a craven GOP party that puts selfish power ahead of the national interest. trump is so obviously a raging egomaniac - we want you psychiatrists to say so clearly, and warn us. (They do!)

This is an hilarious book about a really serious subject. Don't say these guys didn't tell us so. Recommended, 5-stars. The book takes 350 pages to say, at greater length, what is obvious to all thoughtful people around the world, "trump's in way over his head, totally all about himself in the moment, could easily get millions killed for a pointless war, stop this charade right now!"
Recommended reading, but recommended more that you take action to prevent the all-too-obvious coming disaster.

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