Impeachment as a struggle to save democracy — from the pathological cult of Donald Trump

There are many different ways to view the Trump impeachment process, but perhaps the most important, if least recognized one is to view it as a part of struggle to preserve American democracy from destruction at the hands of predatory individuals utterly lacking in conscience.

Paul Rosenberg has written a must read article that makes sense of Trump’s angry narcissistic fog, the Republican Party’s capture by Trump ideologues, and why Trump’s core supporters are willing to accept authoritarianism over democracy. Read on here.

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Three reasons why we need to talk about the mental health of political leaders

As the impeachment investigation and its fallout continues, Trump’s mental health is now receiving increased attention. Discussing the mental health of political leaders, however, remains deeply controversial. Still, as I’ve argued in Disordered Minds, there are compelling arguments for why we must talk about the mental health of political leaders. Read more in my most recent article for The Conversation here.

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Book Review – How To Be A Dictator: A timely look at narcissistic authoritarianism

In my review of Frank Dikotter’s new book How To Be A Dictator, I argue that history only makes sense if we understand the psychological pathology that underlies it, and our own propensity for partaking in such pathology. We need a clear-eyed understanding of history as a recurring series of monumental follies, led by cretins who duped or forced millions of us into humiliating childish submission. Only then can we hope to avoid the repetition. Read my review here

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Trump has put the American public into a state of ‘collective madness’

Raw Story spoke with Ian Hughes, Ph.D., author of “Disordered Minds,” which explores how a small proportion of people with dangerous personality disorders are responsible for most of the violence and greed that scars our world. He also contributed tto “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” edited by Bandy X. Lee. Read the interview on Raw Story here.

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Unpicking Donald Trump’s psychopathology helps explain the toxic reality facing America – Euronews View

Two hypotheses – if true – would explain America’s alarming descent into bitter division and moral confusion.

The first hypothesis is that President Trump’s divisive behaviour is a result of a narcissistic disorder. There is plenty of evidence to support this hypothesis. Current estimates are that narcissistic personality disorder affects around 1% of the general population, meaning that there are over three million people in the United States with the disorder.

The second hypothesis is that this dangerous minority exercises a malign influence on society disproportionate to their numbers. If there is hope in our present situation, it lies in the fact that the current occupant of the White House is opening our eyes to the reality that individuals with dangerous personalities can plunge entire societies into division and moral confusion. Creating a collective understanding of this fundamental truth is the first essential step to recovery from the collective madness.

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Disordered Minds: Politics and Psychopaths discussed on Legalise Freedom podcast

Legalise Freedom radio online is hosted by independent UK writer and journalist Greg Moffitt and features interviews with some of the World’s foremost alternative thinkers and researchers. I am delighted to have had the chance to discuss the ideas in my book Disordered Minds with Greg. You can listen to our discussion here

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Review of Jared Diamond’s ‘Upheaval’ – How countries seldom learn from their past

With Donald Trump and Brexit mounting their daily assault on our senses, we could be forgiven for thinking that the world is having a nervous breakdown. Many readers will turn, therefore, to Jared Diamond’s new book Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change in the hope that it might ease our anxieties by showing us how countries have successfully navigated major upheavals in the past. Read my review in the Irish Times to see how reading Upheaval might even make your anxieties worse. Read here…

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