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Arizona Bay
09-17-2017, 10:52 PM
An interesting interview with Robert J. Lifton.
Definitely a book I want to read.

http://billmoyers.com/story/dangerous-case-donald-trump-robert-jay-lifton-bill-moyers-duty-warn/


There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial thanThe Dangerous Case of Donald Trump (https://us.macmillan.com/thedangerouscaseofdonaldtrump/bandyxlee/9781250179456/), the work of 27 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts to assess President Trump’s mental health. They had come together last March at a conference at Yale University to wrestle with two questions. One was on countless minds across the country: “What’s wrong with him?” The second was directed to their own code of ethics: “Does Professional Responsibility Include a Duty to Warn” if they conclude the president to be dangerously unfit?

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Lifton: We have a duty to warn on an individual basis if we are treating someone who may be dangerous to herself or to others — a duty to warn people who are in danger from that person. We feel it’s our duty to warn the country about the danger of this president. If we think we have learned something about Donald Trump and his psychology that is dangerous to the country, yes, we have an obligation to say so. That’s why Judith Herman and I wrote our letter to The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/opinion/protect-us-from-this-dangerous-president-2-psychiatrists-say.html). We argue that Trump’s difficult relationship to reality and his inability to respond in an evenhanded way to a crisis renders him unfit to be president, and we asked our elected representative to take steps to remove him from the presidency.

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The presidency and the behavior of the president can be seen as under that category of malignant normality. For example, Donald Trump lies repeatedly. We may come to see a president as liar as normal… In other words, his behavior as president, with all those who defend his behavior in the administration, becomes a norm.— ROBERT JAY LIFTON

LeeG
09-18-2017, 07:00 AM
Hey, he's having fun.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-retweets-meme-of-him-hitting-1505659323-htmlstory.html


http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/donald-trump-2016-contradictions-213869

Donald Trump likes to say that he “tells it like it is,” and his blunt style has won him the Republican nomination, buoyed by voters who like feeling they know just where a candidate stands on the issues. So where does he stand? Over the past four decades Trump has talked about every imaginable subject: gun rights to germs, the nature of competition to pre-nuptial agreements, love and sex, self-promotion and politics. And on every one of those topics, he has taken positions that directly contradict exactly what he has previously said.

skuthorp
09-18-2017, 09:52 AM
He may be a sociopath or even a psychopath, but he's not a fool.
If he's around long enough people, and the press, will 'normalise' his aberrant behaviour because that's what human's do.
And now he's tossing table scraps to the Dem's as well as the Republicans the divide and rule tactic is well under way.

ron ll
09-18-2017, 10:14 AM
He may be a sociopath or even a psychopath, but he's not a fool.
If he's around long enough people, and the press, will 'normalise' his aberrant behaviour because that's what human's do.
And now he's tossing table scraps to the Dem's as well as the Republicans the divide and rule tactic is well under way.

No, he's a fool.

John of Phoenix
09-18-2017, 10:26 AM
Who needs a book to know the guy is crazy?

Old Dryfoot
09-18-2017, 10:51 AM
^ The people that voted for him, and will do so again. The shame of it is, they won't read that book.

Jim Bow
09-18-2017, 10:51 AM
This is gonna make for some classic book reviews, not to mention the tweetstorm to follow.

As Bette Davis said, "Hang on! It's gonna be a bumpy ride!"

john welsford
09-18-2017, 02:42 PM
Send him a copy for review!

John Welsford

George Jung
09-18-2017, 03:46 PM
^ The people that voted for him, and will do so again. The shame of it is, they won't read that book.

Fake News!

Gosh~