Donald Trump – Insights From a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

Posted on January 30, 2017
Time to read: 5 minutes

Donald Trump’s successful bid for the American presidency has shocked the world. Countless media campaigns regarding his character and temperament have been left dumbfounded. And there certainly was fodder in his character to publicise – his xenophobic views on immigration, misogynistic rants and merciless insults to any party that threatened his self-esteem. Three psychiatry professors requested that President Obama orders Mr Trump to undergo neuropsychiatric examination, due to concerns that he “cannot distinguish between fantasy and reality”.

The relatively good news is that he isn’t that unpredictable, and where he is may very well be the best place for the world.


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  • Laura

    As someone who just graduated in psychology, and heard at least once by every teacher along those five years of studying why it’s wrong to attempt to diagnose someone without a formal consultation, I have to say how much I find what you’re doing disgusting and unethical. What happened to the neutrality that is required of us? You’re the reason why psychoanalysis is treated like a joke: you treat it like it is one as well, in your attempt to criticize someone who got democratically elected to be the president of his country.
    You say that “the United States approach of having the people vote their leader directly means that it has always been a popularity contest.” The United States isn’t the only country in the world where the president gets directly elected, it seems that this only becomes a issue when the candidate you voted for got soundly beaten.
    Furthemore, the fact that you think that pseudo analyzing Donald Trump, when the situation in the country is chaotic, to the point that people felt justified in breaking and burnings things and having the hipocrisy of calling others fascists while acting like thugs in the streets, trying to shut down other people’s opinions just because their candidate lost and kidnapping a young disabled man, torturing and traumatizing him and felt justified in doing so, is more important just shows your lack of character and your childish behavior. Your comment that “I can’t diagnose someone that I never met before, but lol I’m gonna do it anyway, because it’s Trump :P” just confirms that.
    People are raging in the streets, having a meltdown just because they can’t deal with the fact that you won’t always get what you want and on top of that there is people like you are encouraging this insanity. I won’t say that those people have any mental disorder (you’re doing enough of this for both of us), but I will come out and say that you’re their enabler.

    And don’t even try to say that I’m doing the same thing you are, my political opinions and any comment I ever made were as a private citizen. You’re the one in the spotlight as a professional showing an obvious political preference.

    • Neil Jeyasingam

      Thank you for your input. I appreciate that reading my interpretations can be upsetting, and apologise for the distress I caused you. However, as a new psychologist I advise you that when considering other points of view, it is important to determine the logic and rationale of their determination. You haven’t provided me with any suggestion or evidence that my article was wrong at any point, simply that it was offensive to those who disagree with its content.

      These are distressing times, and the world has only recently realised how polarised it has become as each of us is keen only to hear the information that agrees with our own worldview. Both of us have a responsibility to learn more about what the other side thinks and feels. I thank you for educating me about your perspective, as I appreciate there are many others who share your views.

      • Laura

        I wasn’t upset, offended or distressed, I’m critical of your behavior and that was the reason I made my previous comment.
        You asked for evidence, so let me point this out: I’m not a US citizen. In my country we’re barred from inducing political, philosophical, moral, ideological, religious and sexual orientation convictions or any kind of prejudices when exercising their professional functions; that’s article two, clause b from my ethics code. We also have article two, clause q, that states we’re barred from performing diagnoses, disseminating procedures or presenting results of psychological services in the media, in order to expose people, groups or organizations.

        Trust me, were you posting your political opinion as an individual on your Facebook or Twitter, I couldn’t care less about what you are doing, but that’s not what you’re doing, you’re being political on a page about psychology and you’re using your knowledge as a psychologist to do this, that’s not something I can ignore. And I would be doing the same thing if it was someone who had the same opinion that I do.

        And let’s be honest here, there is only one side that is distressed and that is the side that is breaking and burning things in the streets, that’s the side that kidnapped a young disabled man and tortured him, and to be sincere, that made me upset, I volunteer at my city’s Autism Association and the thought of something like that being done to any of the kids I know makes me see red. That’s the side that didn’t let a gay man give a speech at the event that was organized just because he is conservative.

        I’m all up to hearing different point of views and talking to the people that holds them, you and I are doing this, but people that are so blinded by rage don’t want to talk, they’re not interested in talking. When people attempted to talk to them, they got called racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic, white nationalists and fascists. But statistics prove that Trump did better with minorities in 2016 than Mitt Romney did in 2012. You can see it here.
        People that voted for Trump aren’t distressed, they are hopeful that their lives will improve.

        Thank you for replying to me.

        • Lily

          Sex, politics and religion, the unholy trinity of conversation topics! Interesting response though, makes for some good food for thought as to why professionals should be very careful about what they say online for fear of upsetting the masses.

          • Laura

            As I said, I am not upset. The side that is upset is the side that lost the election.

            The reason I posted here is because someone can’t give an individual a diagnosis through the internet just because said individual is a politician that got elected. “Everyone I don’t like has an mental disorder!”

            Besides, we shouldn’t trivialize such a subject by mixing it with our political views.