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14 October 2016 @ 07:29 am
Doctoring the election  
In 1964 Lyndon Johnson was running against Barry Goldwater. A rabble-rousing rag called Fact got a few thousand shrinks, none of whom had a professional relationship with Goldwater, to say that he was mentally unfit to be president. It did not change my vote (all the way with LBJ!), but it did put the final nail in the coffin of the Freudian faith of my youth.

My favorite Horrible Example, unsurprisingly, deals with latent homosexuality, a buggerboo that was actually taken seriously in those primitive times. Goldwater was one because he said he wanted to be able to lob a missile into the men’s room at the Kremlin. That’s it. Really. His equally heterosexual opponent’s remark that “I never trust a man unless I have his pecker in my pocket” was not taken seriously, as of course it should not have been.

If I were running the Secret Shrink Establishment, I would not let my minions do that sort of thing because it gives the game away, like dueling Experts arguing over whether their science says that defendant is Bad or Sick. Now we have another election with a candidate who presents temptations for diagnosis. I suggest heeding the wise words of Dr. Eliot Gelwan:
As a psychiatrist, I’m finding it really difficult to bite my tongue and avoid doing pronouncements about Trump’s evident (and considerable) psychopathology. But there is an ethical mandate in my profession to avoid armchair diagnosis when one has no treatment relationship with someone and has not examined them face-to-face. So I think I’ll just continue to call him names instead.
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Pink Halenpink_halen on October 14th, 2016 11:55 am (UTC)
AuH2O
I remember good old AuH20 but certainly not very much. I was too young to vote then. He certainly didn't seem as crazy as Trump does today. I could continue to "call him names" but I think he would be more disturbed if I were just to point and laugh.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on October 14th, 2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
Still, Dr Gelwan does manage to stick his psychiatric diagnosis in, in the process of saying he's not going to make one.
eub on October 15th, 2016 06:37 am (UTC)
A rhetorical move Trump likes himself, ironically.
Johnjohnpalmer on October 17th, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
Do you mean by saying "psychopathology"? I'm 99% that's "the pathology" of his "psycho-" issues, i.e., "there's definitely symptoms of something but I won't attempt a formal diagnosis."
Sue Burkemount_oregano on October 15th, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
Goldwater would be too liberal for today's Republican Party.
El Coyote Gordo: Blackaddersupergee on October 15th, 2016 09:05 am (UTC)
Supporter of Planned Parenthood and gays in the military--absolutely