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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The Real Clash of Civilizations – The Presence or Absence of Conscience

Forget nationality, race or religion – the real clash of civilizations is the presence or absence of conscience. Continue reading here.

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Trump’s Angry Narcissistic Fog is a Threat to Democracy Everywhere

Trump’s campaign forcefully reminds us that psychology is central to politics. Despite the so called ‘Goldwater Rule’, which prohibits psychiatrists from commenting on a public figure’s mental health without having personally examined the individual and received their permission to do so, dozens of mental health professionals have issued stark warnings that Trump suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. Aside from Trump’s personal attributes, evidence to support this controversial assertion can be found in the defining characteristic of Trump’s campaign, namely the angry narcissistic fog which he has brought down upon America.   Continue reading

Trump’s Victory is Not Democracy in Action, It is Democracy in Crisis

Donald Trump’s victory is a major blow to western democracy, delivering as it does the most powerful position on earth to a man who clearly demonstrates personality traits that many psychiatrists and mental health professionals have warned are consistent with narcissistic personality disorder. Trump’s most divisive acts during the election campaign are consistent with someone who suffers from this serious emotional and mental disorder. As the UK Guardian newspaper points out, by electing someone whose behaviour is consistent with this severe disorder, Americans have done a very dangerous thing, and because of what they have done,the world faces dark, uncertain and fearful times.    Continue reading

Donald Trump is not an accident but the culmination of long-term trends.

Donald Trump is not an accident. His rise to power has occurred at a time of profound global economic and political change, when the very nature of capitalism itself is in flux and the spread of democracy around the world is undergoing a dangerous reversal. This context is vital to understanding how a man who has made fun of people with disabilities, and called women fat and immigrants rapists, might still be elected President of the most powerful nation on earth.    Continue reading

How Psychopaths Undermine Democracy

The following four testable hypotheses form the basis of a coherent and comprehensive narrative to explain how psychopaths and people with narcissistic and paranoid personality disorders have an enormously detrimental impact on societies all around the world. Continue reading