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Trump on the couch : inside the mind of the president / Justin A. Frank, MD.
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New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2018]

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xxiii, 279 pages ; 24 cm
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.
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 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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No president in the history of the United States has inspired more alarm and confusion than President Donald Trump. How can he behave so callously and irresponsibly? Does he pose a true danger to our country?In answer, noted psychoanalyst Justin A. Frank takes a deep dive into the psyche of our president. Using observations gained from a close study of Trump's patterns of thought, action, and communication, Dr. Frank gives us a full portrait of the personality we saw on display during his remarkable campaign and helps us understand what has driven the decision-making during his first years in office. The result is filled with important revelations about our nation's leader--including disturbing new insights into- - the absence of a strong maternal force during childhood, which has led to Trump's remarkable lack of empathy and disregard for women's boundaries; - the compulsion to polarize America, which has grown out of his mind-set that the world is full of deceitful and destructive persecutors; - his inability to tolerate the pain of frustration, which triggered his belief that omnipotence will finally remove it; - the emotional deprivation of his childhood, which he replaced--and is still replacing--with delusions of complete autonomy, never allowing himself to display any vulnerability.With a thoughtful analysis of how and why he inspires such devotion in his followers, Trump on the Couch offers a candid assessment of the man who is arguably the most psychologically damaged president we have yet had.

Author Notes

Justin A. Frank, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center and a physician with more than forty years of experience in psychoanalysis. He is a frequent contributor to and has served as a columnist for Time Inc.,, and He is also the bestselling author of Bush on the Couch (2004), as well as Obama on the Couch (2011).

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 Originsp. 1
Chapter 1 Motherp. 3
Chapter 2 Fatherp. 27
Chapter 3 Brotherp. 55
Chapter 4 Rivalsp. 71
Part 2 Pathologiesp. 89
Chapter 5 The Psychology of Lyingp. 91
Chapter 6 The Psychology of Narcissismp. 117
Chapter 7 The Psychology of Destructivenessp. 139
Chapter 8 The Psychology of Racismp. 167
Chapter 9 The Psychology of Sexism And Misogynyp. 185
Chapter 10 The Language of Donald Trumpp. 203
The End of the Beginningp. 227
Glossaryp. 239
Bibliographyp. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 265
Indexp. 271