Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In a letter to the NY Times, mental health professionals show concern about instability of Donald Trump

In the message, psychiatrists and psychologists speak of 'grave emotional instability in speech and deeds' of the US president.
etter signed by a group of mental health professionals, published this Tuesday (14) by The New York Times, warns of a concern about the behavior exhibited by US President Donald Trump .
According to the text, "the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump's speech and actions make him unable to serve safely as president."
Sent to the newspaper by Lance Dodes, a professor of psychiatry retired assistant at Harvard Medical School, and Joseph Schachter, former president of the Proposals Committee Research of the International Psychoanalytic Association, the letter is signed by 33 other psychiatrists, psychologists and assistants Social rights.
According to the authors, the cited concern is attributed to a text by Charles M. Blow published by the newspaper on February 9 (read here ).
The text reads as follows:
"Charles M. Blow describes Donald Trump's constant need to" grind the opposition under his feet. " As mental health professionals, we share Mr. Blow's concern.
The silence of the country's mental health organizations is due to a self-imposed resolution on evaluating public figures (the Goldwater Rule of the American Psychiatric Association, 1973). But that silence resulted in a failure to cede our experience to concerned journalists and members of Congress at this critical time. We fear that there is a great deal of danger in which we may remain silent.
Mr. Trump's speech and deeds demonstrate an inability to tolerate visions different from his own, leading to angry reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to develop empathy. Individuals with these traits distort reality to meet their psychological state, attacking facts and those who transmit them (journalists, scientists).
In a powerful leader, these attacks are bound to increase, as their personal myth of greatness seems to be confirmed . We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump's speech and actions make him incapable of serving safely as president. "

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