The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President - Updated and Expanded with New Essays

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President - Updated and Expanded with New Essays

Posted by jack_miller | Published 6 months ago

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By: Bandy X. Lee , Robert Jay Lifton, et al.

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As this bestseller predicted, Trump has only grown more erratic and dangerous as the pressures on him mount. This new edition includes new essays bringing the book up to date—because this is still not normal.

Originally released in fall 2017, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump was a runaway bestseller. Alarmed Americans and international onlookers wanted to know: What is wrong with him?

That question still plagues us. The Trump administration has proven as chaotic and destructive as its opponents feared, and the man at the center of it all remains a cipher.

Constrained by the APA’s “Goldwater rule,” which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to weigh in on the issue have shied away from discussing it at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.

The prestigious mental health experts who have contributed to the revised and updated version of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump argue that their moral and civic "duty to warn" supersedes professional neutrality. Whatever affects him, affects the nation: From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. With eight new essays (about one hundred pages of new material), this edition will cover the dangerous ramifications of Trump's unnatural state.

It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.

This is one of the best reads i’ve had all year, for it paints an in depth picture of the pathology that afflicts our current Preidient, as described by a panel of psychiatrists and psychologists meeting at a Yale symposium. Indeed, I made a list of the personality disorders described for him and keep in on my phone; it’s a wonderful reference guide to explain the truly screwed up behavior Trump shows daily. Much of it is expected “e.g malignant narcissism” but also much to me is new (e.g “a present hedonist” who cares not what came before, or what will come after, but only about what’s happening now and how it affects him.)

The rap on the book comes from academic physicians who cite the Goldwater rule, which says you shouldn’t diagnose a person’s pathology unless you’ve examined them directly. I’m an academic and can assure you otherwise. The contributors in the book take that argument on directly, and carefully qualify their diagnoses based upon the behavior they see from afar. They also argue that Trump is the most powerful person in the world with his finger on the nuclear button...understanding his pathology “trumps” all other concerns.

History will reference this book when it analyzes Trump’s personality, pathology, and performance. I recommend it enthusiastically.

- madelynn_collins

This book was published in 2017, and now two years later, everything the author(s) reveal to us within these pages is clearer and even more frightening. We are a country at great risk from a leader who has no conscious, and the damage he could do within the next 2years should have us all concerned. This book will give you insight and understanding into the erratic behavior of the man we elected President. It's time we all start to educate ourselves so that we are better able to protect what we value most in this country, our freedoms.

- jessa_ward

It's way past time for ALL Americans, no matter their political affiliations, TO ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BELIEVE THEIR OWN EYES AND EARS! We all NEED to pay attention to what this extremely sick man is putting out into the world. If he is not removed from office very soon, the entire world will pay a very high price! The content of this book lays it all out for us. Now we need to set the kool aid down and remove Donald Trump from office before he has the chance to do any further damage. Please, read this book! Even if, ESPECIALLY if, you are a Trump supporter. I'm ashamed to say that I initially thought he was the better choice for our president. I allowed myself to be taken in by what I thought was extreme confidence. I was horribly apathetic and choose not to watch any news, feeling I had no voice anyway. And then I tripped on a YouTube video reporting the Mueller investigation. That peaked my curiosity and I've spent the last several days trying to catch up. I'm in shock and completely disgusted at the things he's said and done. I really hope we, the American people can: A) Come together and stand up to this tyrant and B) Beg forgiveness from our allies!

- iliana_rodriguez

This book is a complete and utter disgrace. The number one rule as a psychiatrist/psychologist is to understand one's own countertransference and one's own projectioning. Every rule is being broken here -- every rule that facilitates an accurate and objective perception. I am annoyed with hearing irrational arguments about why it is OK to abandon previous standards of journalism and other standards of professional conduct in the single case of Donald Trump. That is the definition of prejudice. There are plenty of narcissists in the world, especially Ivy-league university academics - authoring this work. Bandy Lee is a nobody - has an active medical license in CT but is clinically inactive. Just because one gets 27 other unprofessional non-objective "friend" colleagues together (from the NYC psych community) and collectively do a wrong, does not make it right. Unfortunately, these authors are supposed to be medical professionals, but expose themselves as narcissistic politicians, breaking all ethical standards to keep their own careers afloat by appealing and contributing to popular hysteria.

- greysen_edwards

As a nurse I have worked with 😲100’s of doctors and specialist. And the one thing you need to know is they are quacks if they write about a person they haven’t personally seen or assessed. Many doctors for money will say anything the author wants. This is so unprofessional they should have their licenses pulled. This is sad when a book is written without the truth or facts. Take this book with a grain of salt. Some authors will do anything to sell a book. Totally a waste of money.

- terrence_baker

Uninteresting book. Waste of time and money

- juliana_campbell

Everything written as of 2017, and updated as of 2019 is reflected in the present terrifying show in the face off of Iran and Trump. i.e. the man has no conscience worth speaking of and has no real loyalty to his defenders whom cross him for any reason. The case of Gantz, whom backed the war powers restrictions of Trump to declare war on Iran was instructive in that Gantz whom was obsequious to Trump in other matters is being treated as public enemy number 1 over his surprising Iran war stance. This is a window in the transactional framework of Trump. It is not enough to agree with him. If a person is not Trump's slave, then Trump will try to destroy him. The psychopathology leading to this horror of horrors situation is well described by Bandy Lee. Also the willful denial of his pathology by his followers is alluded to too, with the damning degradation it portends for the USA's well being politically. Those whom deny this dynamic are doing a disservice to themselves and the USA

- briella_bennet

Anyone who thinks Donald J. Trump is mentally unhinged and a serious danger to the USA and the wider world should read this book. Written by reputable, experienced psychiatric professionals who are perhaps restricted from saying that POTUS 45 is allegedly 'certifiable', it includes confessions of the ghost-writer of Trumps bestseller 'The Art of the Deal', who claims much within the book is 'fantasy' /LIES, but Trump insisted they be included in the book.

- addison_king

You may want to buy this book because you have Mr T - and it will probably tick all of the boxes. However, it is mostly not written in malice - just in terms of serious concern. I say "mostly" because it is a compilation of different opinions from people in different fields. Some of them are obviously anti-trump but even if you like Trump it is worth a read.

I am not going to spoil anything by saying too much here but a must-read for any US voter with any intelligence - and concern for life as we know it.

- alessandro_hill

If you want to understand how Psychoanalists think it is verry illuminating to read their observations against the backdrop af a case we are all familiar with.
Nice combination of media quotes, coupled to DSM V symptoms..
Helps me understand how diagnoses are made.
After the first few chapters it becomes a bit repetitive (more of the same).

If Malignant Narcissism is such a historical thing, shouldn't we have a compulsory assessment for all those who want to be in public office?

- daisy_cooper

Yet nothing is being done. Still he’s there. Like Teflon. Everyone needs to read this book if they have any interest in the world we live in.

- landry_alvarez

Would recommend this book to anyone who, like me, enjoys having others explain complicated issues to me. Well written and informative it induces reflection. And fear.

- eileen_mendoza

I enjoyed reading it immensely. Very interesting. Quite frightening anyone wanting to know about Trump will find it fascinating. Read it.

- jace_gray

A fair, balanced, and fascinating read.

- adan_martin

This is a must read for any American voter. It’s an insightful case study for any practitioner of leadership assessment and/or development...

- augustine_richardson

Book arrived today with the book sleeve being grubby, marked and gritty. Poor show Amazon.

- nathaniel_lopez

Fascinating but scary perspectives on Trump.

- anakin_nguyen

Great book, very well written, and if you want to understand Donald Trump, this explains a lot. He's really not a mystery man. It is a collection of essays by various professionals from diverse backgrounds, which fills out the info.

- asa_hughes

Es ist natürlich etwas ganz anderes, ob man als Küchenpsychologe ein mehr als ungutes Gefühl hat, was die psychische Verfassung dieses Präsidenten angeht oder ob eine Anzahl angesehener Fachleute ihre Ansichten und Berwertungen dazu formulieren. Die Autoren beleuchten das Thema aus jeweils unterschiedlichem Blickwinkel und ich muss sagen, ich habe diese Essaysammlung mit großem Interesse verschlungen. Ich finde das Buch liefert hoschspannende Gedanken zu Weltpolitik und Machtstrukturen auf der einen Seite wie auch ganz allgemeine Erklärungen zu psychischen Prozessen auf der anderen. Sehr lesenswert.

- issac_brown

Clinical discussion of a topic the American Psychological Association has declared forbidden. It is clear to everyone that Trump is unlike any past President. However, this book takes a deeper look at what the sum of these strange behaviors and remarks indicate to a trained professional.

- damari_myers

The really scary part is that he is still president. Clearly Donald is a psychopath and a malignant narcissist. The authors know the truth, too bad the American public is too weak to act.

- brendan_thomas

This unprecedented book is an amazing look at both Donnie Trump AND the folks doing the looking. The essays on previous restrictions on psychiatric and psychological opining on public figures make this not only a gripping and terrifying look at Donald Trump's inner world, but also a glimpse inside mental health and how it may be practiced. A bit of a chewy read, but worth the time.

- dahlia_castillo

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