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Psychiatric Name-Calling Is A Misguided Way Of Countering Trump

And now for the flip side. A must read, because to be truly effective as a resistance one must be above one’s opponent at all times on all counts, including the possession of available information and data, and how to use it. Here goes:

‘Bad behavior is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely. Psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr. Trump’s attack on democracy. He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers.’

It gets better:

‘Psychoanalyzing Trump won’t do anything to put a stop to what Frances calls “a dystopic Trumpean dark age.” The solution, he argues, “is political, not psychological.”‘

And better:

‘Stigma remains a big issue in the mental health and disability communities. Even if Trump does have a mental illness, it’s probably not a worthwhile argument against his leadership.’


From your ever-discerning Spin Doctor,

Eyes open, mind sharp.


PS – I know it’s scary, but a true opposition, a truly effective opposition at that, cannot be monolithic. It needs to be staunch and strong, but spherical all the same, and being spherical means looking at the issue from multiple angles until one grasps it solidly enough to deal with it. Fail to be spherical and you immediately reduce yourself to the level of your opponent, adopting his shallow values. You may be on the other side of the argument but you’re still as shallow as puddles, and not an effective opposition, if you’re not multifaceted, spherical, and mindfully positioned to deal with the problem at hand.