Dating mentally unstable
Moyers: Some of the descriptions used to describe Trump — narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, delusional disorder, malignant narcissist — even some have suggested early forms of dementia — are difficult for lay people to grasp.
Some experts say that it’s not one thing that’s wrong with him — there are a lot of things wrong with him and together they add up to what one of your colleagues calls “a scary witches brew, a toxic stew.” Solipsistic reality means that the only reality he’s capable of embracing has to do with his own self and the perception by and protection of his own self.
That was what was expected of them and what for the most part they did — sometimes with some apprehension, but they did it. Professionals were reduced to being automatic servants of the existing regime as opposed to people with special knowledge balanced by a moral baseline as well as the scientific information to make judgments.
Moyers: And that should apply to journalists, lawyers, doctors — Lifton: Absolutely.
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.
Moyers: What’s your take on how he makes increasingly bizarre statements that are contradicted by irrefutable evidence to the contrary, and yet he just keeps on making them?
But these are difficult issues because they can’t ever be entirely psychiatric. I personally believe that ultimately ridding the country of a dangerous president or one who’s unfit is ultimately a political matter, but that psychological professionals can contribute in valuable ways to that decision.
Moyers: Do you recall that there was a comprehensive study of all 37 presidents up to 1974?
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.