On Trump

“Monday Musings” for Monday August 15, 2016
Volume VI, No. 33/293

the White House

A Trump Diagnosis

by Assad Meymandi, MD, PhD, ScD (Hon), DLFAPA*

(Editor’s Note: this letter was published yesterday in the August 14, 2016 edition of Raleigh News & Observer. Because of the importance of the subject matter we run it again for the readers outside the ‘MM’s catchment area)

The media have been remarkably persistent in searching for a diagnosis for the presidential nominee of the Republican Party. In my nearly 60 years of professional life, I have most carefully avoided crossing the ethical bounds of making armchair evaluation and issuing diagnoses. Now, I am beginning to feel that in the case of our Republican presidential candidate, it is unethical not to issue a diagnosis.

Much has been written and said about the man’s narcissism. But it is much worse. It is characterological malignant narcissism, a diagnosis developed by Freud and later by a couple of British psychiatrists who thought folks like Adolph Hitler, Ivan the Terrible and several Qajar shahs of Persia fit the toxic and pathological profile of those afflicted with this disorder.

The prognosis is guarded if not hopeless. Voters beware!

ASSAD MEYMANDI

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHIATRY, UNC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

RALEIGH

In response to several e-mails and calls seeking solution to the problem of presidential choice, we suggest write in candidates or exploring the Libertarian Party.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article95377977.html#storylink=cpy

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*The writer is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, Distinguished Life fellow American Psychiatric Association; Life Member, American Medical Association; Life Member, Southern Medical Association; and Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Wake County Physician Magazine (1995-2012). He is a Raleigh, North Carolina writer and dramaturge.
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