Bush on the Couch

Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of a President

bush/>In 2004, a book called <strong>Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of a President</strong>, was published and offered an in depth look at our nation’s Chief Executive. The analysis produced sheds considerable light on why George W. Bush chose to rush the United States into the long and expensive mistake known as the Second Iraq War. <strong>Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of a President</strong>, written by psychoanalyst <strong>Justin Frank, M.D.</strong>, accesses the vast record of public statements, behavior, and biographical information available on the forth-third President, in order to develop a psychological profile along the lines of the applied psychoanalysis assessments of world leaders routinely developed by our Central Intelligence Agency. Dr. Frank is a practicing psychiatrist with more than thirty years experience in the mental health field, and is also a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University Medical School in Washington D.C. [1].</p><p><a title=bush/>Management experts have long understood that the behavior of an organization to a large degree reflects the personality of its leading executives [2], [3], [4]. The picture Bush on the Couch presents is troubling, but the themes it develops enlighten many of the themes developed by the Bush administration. In science, the utility of a theory is directly proportional to the range of phenomena it is capable of explaining.</a></p><p></p><p>A great deal of Bush on the Couch is taken up with providing sufficient fundamentals of the clinical process to permit the lay reader to grasp the gravity of George W. Bush’s psychological problems. The book is a devastating psychological dossier on the 43rd President, and a compassionate profile of a human being in need of care.</p><p>Jeffrey Steinberg [5]</p><p>According to Dr Frank, George W. Bush displayed signs of mental health issues through-out most of his life that, while although allowing him to be functional, made him poorly suited to the responsibilities of leading a democratic nation, especially the world’s most powerful. Dr Frank describes George Bush as suffering from the need to defy authority, from megalomania, and as probably being incapable of genuine compassion [6]. He observes indications of sadism, notes that Bush feels entitled to live unencumbered by the constraints that apply to ordinary people, and that he is inclined toward knee-jerk judgments in his decision making process [7]. He also points out the former President’s aversion to introspection and tendency to deny responsibility [8].</p><p></p><p>Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It’s just a goddamned piece of paper.</p><p>George W. Bush, November 2005, White House meeting with Republican Congressional leaders [9]</p><p>The American Psychiatric Association holds that it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion on a subject with whom the analyst has not had the chance to conduct an examination. Dr. Frank points out, however, that the research he did on G.W. Bush was similar to the psychological assessments of world leaders routinely developed by the CIA [10]. The Center for Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior, the applied psychoanalysis unit of the Central Intelligence Agency that formulates in-depth personality profiles on world leaders was established under Dr. Jerrold Post, a colleague of Dr. Frank’s at George Washington University Medical Center [11].</p><p></p><p>If one of my patients frequently said one thing and did another, I would want to know why. If I found that he often used words that hid their true meaning and affected a persona that obscured the nature of his actions, I would grow more concerned. If he presented an inflexible worldview characterized by an oversimplified distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, allies and enemies, I would question his ability to grasp reality. And if his actions revealed an unacknowledged—even sadistic—indifference to human suffering, wrapped in pious claims of compassion, I would worry about the safety of the people whose lives he touched.</p><p>For the past three years, I have observed with increasing alarm the inconsistencies and denials of such an individual. But he is not one of my patients. He is our president [12].</p><p>Page 1 of 5 | <a href=Next page