Trump on the couch Inside the mind of the president

Justin A. Frank

Book - 2018

No president in the history of the United States has inspired more alarm and confusion than Donald Trump. As questions and concerns about his decisions, behavior, and qualifications for office have multiplied, they point to one primary question: Does he pose a genuine threat to our country? The American Psychiatric Association's Goldwater Rule constrains psychiatrists from offering diagnoses on public figures who are not patients and who have not endorsed such statements. But in Trump on th...e Couch Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Justin A Frank invokes the moral responsibility that compels him to speak out and present a full portrait of a man who presents us with a clear and present danger... With our country itself at stake, Dr. Frank calls attention to the underlying narcissism, misogyny, deception, and racism that drive the President who endangers it. A penetrating examination of how we as a nation got here and, more important, where we are going, Trump on the Couch sounds a call to action that we cannot ignore.

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Published
New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
xxiii, 279 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-263) and index.
ISBN
9780735220324
0735220328
Main Author
Justin A. Frank (author)
  • Introduction
  • Part one: Origins. Mother
  • Father
  • Brother
  • Rivals
  • Part two: Pathologies. The psychology of lying
  • The psychology of narcissism
  • The psychology of destructiveness
  • The psychology of racism
  • The psychology of sexism and misogyny
  • The language of Donald Trump
  • The end of the beginning.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

No president in the history of the United States has inspired more alarm and confusion than Donald Trump. As questions and concerns about his decisions, behavior, and qualifications for office have multiplied, they point to one primary question: Does he pose a genuine threat to our country? The American Psychiatric Association's Goldwater Rule constrains psychiatrists from offering diagnoses on public figures who are not patients and who have not endorsed such statements. But in Trump on the Couch Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Justin A Frank invokes the moral responsibility that compels him to speak out and present a full portrait of a man who presents us with a clear and present danger... With our country itself at stake, Dr. Frank calls attention tothe underlying narcissism, misogyny, deception, and racism that drive the President who endangers it. A penetrating examination of how we as a nation got here and, more important, where we are going, Trump on the Couch sounds a call to action that we cannot ignore.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Analyzes Donald Trump's behavior to explain his controversial approach to government, drawing on factors from his past to illuminate the role of unconscious thoughts on his presidency.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A clinical professor of psychiatry with over 40 years’ experience dives deep into the psyche of Donald Trump and offers a candid assessment of the man he believes is the most psychologically damaged leader in United States history.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"A great public service--critical for our time."--Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., Yale psychiatrist, expert on violence, and editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald TrumpThe New York Times-bestselling author of Bush on the Couch shows that Donald Trump is mentally and emotionally unfit to execute the duties of President.No president in the history of the United States has inspired more alarm and confusion than Donald Trump. As questions and concerns about his decisions, behavior, and qualifications for office have multiplied, they point to one primary question: Does he pose a genuine threat to our country? The American Psychiatric Association's Goldwater Rule constrains psychiatrists from offering diagnoses on public figures who are not patients and who have not endorsed such statements. But in Trump on the Couch Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Justin A Frank invokes the moral responsibility that compels him to speak out and present a full portrait of a man who presents us with a clear and present danger.Using observations gained from a close study of Trump's patterns of thought, action, and communication, Dr. Frank uncovers a personality riddled with mental health issues. His analysis is filled with important revelations about our nation's leader, including disturbing insights into his childhood, his family, his business dealings, and his unusual relationship with alternative facts, including howThe absence of a strong maternal force during childhood has led to Trump's remarkable lack of empathy and disregard for women's boundaries;His compulsion to polarize America has grown out of the way he perceives the world as full of deceitful and destructive persecutors;His inability to tolerate the pain of frustration has triggered his belief that omnipotence will finally remove it;His idiosyncratic use of language points to larger issues than even his tweets might suggest.With our country itself at stake, Dr. Frank calls attention to the underlying narcissism, misogyny, deception, and racism that drive the President who endangers it. A penetrating examination of how we as a nation got here and, more important, where we are going, Trump on the Couch sounds a call to action that we cannot ignore.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

"A great public service--critical for our time."--Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., Yale psychiatrist, expert on violence, and editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald TrumpThe New York Times-bestselling author of Bush on the Couch shows that Donald Trump is mentally and emotionally unfit to execute the duties of President.No president in the history of the United States has inspired more alarm and confusion than Donald Trump. As questions and concerns about his decisions, behavior, and qualifications for office have multiplied, they point to one primary question: Does he pose a genuine threat to our country? The American Psychiatric Association's Goldwater Rule constrains psychiatrists from offering diagnoses on public figures who are not patients and who have not endorsed such statements. But in Trump on the Couch Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Justin A Frank invokes the moral responsibility that compels him to speak out and present a full portrait of a man who presents us with a clear and present danger.Using observations gained from a close study of Trump's patterns of thought, action, and communication, Dr. Frank uncovers a personality riddled with mental health issues. His analysis is filled with important revelations about our nation's leader, including disturbing insights into his childhood, his family, his business dealings, and his unusual relationship with alternative facts, including how  •  The absence of a strong maternal force during childhood has led to Trump's remarkable lack of empathy and disregard for women's boundaries;  •  His compulsion to polarize America has grown out of the way he perceives the world as full of deceitful and destructive persecutors;  •  His inability to tolerate the pain of frustration has triggered his belief that omnipotence will finally remove it;  •  His idiosyncratic use of language points to larger issues than even his tweets might suggest.With our country itself at stake, Dr. Frank calls attention to the underlying narcissism, misogyny, deception, and racism that drive the President who endangers it. A penetrating examination of how we as a nation got here and, more important, where we are going, Trump on the Couch sounds a call to action that we cannot ignore.