Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, gave a recent diagnosis of Trump.
Dodes currently works as a training and supervising analyst emeritus at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He believes that Trump is a “sociopath” and may have a “serious mental illness.”
He started out by talking about how he is critical of the “Goldwater rule.” He argued, “Donald Trump is not anyone’s patient, so there is no confidentiality rule. In fact, no other branch of medicine has this rule. If your favorite linebacker goes down with a tear to his ACL in a football game, the next thing you will see is an orthopedist on television talking about the prognosis and the injury.”
He continued, Every other medical specialty feels free — and they should feel free — to speak out about public figures because it is a public service. In the field of psychiatry, we call this “duty to warn.”
Dodes asserted that Trump “has a fluid sense of reality, which is a sign of a very sick individual.”
The former psychiatrist stated that “Sociopathy itself is a sign of a very sick individual, someone with a lying, cheating and emotional disorder. The intersection of those two occurs in sociopathy. It is not just bad behavior that people have to lie and cheat the way he does, it is an incapacity to treat other people as full human beings.”
Dodes believes the best diagnosis for Trump is that he is “a malignant narcissist.”
He explained, “It contains the narcissistic part, which is no big deal alone — lots of people are narcissistic — but the malignant part is the sociopathy dimension.”
He added, “These terms suggest that Trump is a very primitive man. He is also a man who has a fundamental, deep psychological defect. It is expressed in his inability to empathize with others and his lack of genuine loyalty to anyone. You will notice that Trump wants everyone to be loyal to him, but he is loyal to nobody.”
Dodes warns, “The more desperate Trump becomes, the more he needs to have a crisis so the country will rally around him.”
This is not the first time Dodes warned the public about Trump’s mental health. He and a couple others wrote a controversial letter back in February in The New York Times. He is also currently helping with a book that examines Trump’s mental health in the book titled The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.
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