A Psychotherapist Asks: What's Wrong with Obama?

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    "Obama is flat when passion is needed; he's aggressive when savvy is required. What's most worrisome is that Obama doesn't even realize that his behavior is inappropriate."

    So what is the matter with Obama? Conservatives have been asking this question for some time. I've written a number of articles trying to solve the mystery.

    Even some liberals are starting to wonder. James Carville railed about Obama's blasé attitude after the catastrophic oil spill. The New York Times' Maureen Dowd revamped Obama's "Yes We Can" motto into "Will We Ever?"

    Obama's odd mannerisms intrigue a psychotherapist like me. He also presents a serious diagnostic challenge.

    For one, Obama's teleprompter and the men behind the Blackberry keep him well-scripted. We know so little about the facts of his life.

    But it's more than just a lack of information. Obama himself is a strange bird. He doesn't fit easily into any diagnostic category.

    Many people attribute Obama's oddness to his narcissism. True, Obama has a gargantuan ego, and he is notoriously thin-skinned.

    Yet a personality disorder like narcissism does not explain Obama's strangeness: his giggling while being asked about the economy; his continuing a shout-out rather than announcing the Ft. Hood shootings; or his vacations, golfing, partying and fundraising during the calamitous oil spill.

    Obama is flat when passion is needed; he's aggressive when savvy is required. What's most worrisome is that Obama doesn't even realize that his behavior is inappropriate.

    So if it's not just simple narcissism, what is wrong with Obama? Since I've never evaluated him, I can't say for sure. But I can hazard some educated guesses.

    If I saw a client as disconnected as him, the first thing I would wonder: Is something wrong with his brain? And I'd consider the following theoretical diagnostic possibilities.

    --Physical problems: There are a multitude of physiological conditions that can cause people to act strangely. For instance: head injuries, endocrine disturbances, epilepsy, and toxic chemical exposure.

    It makes me wonder: Did Obama ever have a head injury? His stepfather in Indonesia was purportedly an alcoholic abuser. Was Obama subject to any physical abuse?

    --Mental Illness: Obama's family tree is replete with the unbalanced. His maternal great-grandmother committed suicide. His grandfather, Stanley Dunham, was particularly unhinged: He was expelled from high school for punching his principal; named his daughter Stanley because he wanted a boy; and exposed young Barry to not just drunken trash talk, but unrestricted visits with alleged pedophile Frank Marshall Davis (who might or might not be Obama's biological father). Barack Sr. was an abusive, alcoholic bigamist.

    Since mental illness runs in the family, does Obama have any signs? Yes and no. No, he is not a schizophrenic babbling about Martians. But there are red flags for some other conditions.

    While Obama doesn't appear to hallucinate, he seems to have delusions. His believing he has a Messiah-like special gift smacks of grandiose delusions. His externalizing all blame to conservatives, George W. Bush, or the "racist" bogeyman hints at persecutory delusions.

    Along with a delusional disorder, Obama may fit for a mild psychotic disorder called schizotypal disorder. It may explain some of Obama's oddness.

    People with schizotypal disorder hold bizarre beliefs, are suspicious and paranoid, and have inappropriate and constricted affect. They have few close friends and are socially awkward. A schizotypal is someone like your strange cousin Becky who is addicted to astrology, believes she is psychic, and is the oddball at social gatherings.

    Schizotypal Disorder does ring some bells vis-à-vis Obama. One way the diagnosis doesn't fit, however, is that schizotypals are generally harmless, odd ducks. Not so with Obama.

    Let's return now to my original question: What is wrong with Obama? My guess is a great deal. The answer is complex and likely includes some combination of the above.

    Along with the brain issues are personality disorders: narcissism, paranoia, passive-aggressiveness. There's even the possibility of the most destructive character defect of all, an antisocial personality. Untreated abuse can foster antisocial traits, especially among boys.

    If my assessment is accurate, what does this mean?

    It means that liberals need to wake up and spit out the Kool-Aid...and that conservatives should put aside differences, band together, and elect as many Republicans as possible.

    Because Obama will not change. He will not learn from his mistakes. He will not grow and mature from on-the-job experience. In fact, over time, Obama will likely become a more ferocious version of who he is today.

    Why? Because this is a damaged person. Obama's fate was sealed years ago growing up in his strange and poisonous family. Later on, his empty vessel was filled with the hateful bile of men like Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers.

    Obama will not evolve; he will not rise to the occasion; he will not become the man he was meant to be. This is for one reason and one reason alone:

    He is not capable of it. [/FONT][/SIZE][/B][/SIZE]

    Source: American Thinker Magazine, Robin of Berkeley
     
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    What "allegations" of pedophilia have been leveled against Frank Marshall Davis? Or did your copypasta just make that up?
     
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    Another American Thinker piece! man, you far righties love that piece of propaganda.
    Usually, before anyone is correctly diagnosed, the person who is being diagnosed takes a series of psychological tests and then is interviewed. At that point, the Psychotherapist can offer a fairly accurate diagnosis but on many occasions the diaagnossis can change.
    It's pretty obvious that this Psychotherapist is guessing and is interjecting their opinion based on no evidence based testing. If this Psychotherapist actaully has results from psycological tests, this piece would be a violation of Federal Law dealing with confidentiality (HIPPA).
    This piece clearly demostrates what the American Thinker is all about, right wing propaganda.
    As someone who is not qualified to make an assessment of Obama, I would tend to agree that Obama has issues with narcissism but that's just a casual observation.
    This piece gets really deep but even though the author is trained in the mental health field, he can only guess without the proper testing and interviews. So in other words, again the American Thinker presents it's readers biased conjecture as fact.
     
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    The One’s Mentor: Self-Acknowledged Pedophile Porcupine Rim

    The Telegraph UK is reporting that Davis, a close friend of Obama’s mother and his maternal grandfather, published an autobiographical, pornographic book, “Sex Rebel:Black,” under the pseudonym “Bob Greene.”

    Marshall admitted to having written the book, which he said describes factual sexual encounters that he and his wife had with minors and other couples. “I could not then truthfully deny that this book, which came out in 1968 as a Greenleaf Classic, was mine,” said Davis. The Telegraph states that, “In the introduction to Sex Rebel, Davis explains that although he has “changed names and identities…all incidents I have described have been taken from actual experiences.”

    Marshall’s book describes, in lurid detail, his sexual encounters, including multiple group encounters with his wife and a 13 year old girl: “I’m not one to go in for Lolitas. Usually I’d rather not bed a babe under 20. But there are exceptions. I didn’t want to disappoint the trusting child. At her still-impressionistic age, a rejection might be traumatic, could even cripple her sexually for life.”

    Davis described how the encounters with the child, who he called “Anne,” would materialize: “Anne came up many times the next several weeks, her aunt thinking she was in good hands. Actually she was. She obtained a course in practical sex from experienced and considerate practitioners rather than from ignorant insensitive neophytes….I think we did her a favour, although the pleasure was mutual.”


    The Telegraph is a decent source, it doesn't run with stuff it can't prove. There is an issue. Live with it.
     
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    Thanks for the link.

    I really don't give a shit either way about Frank Marshall Davis. Just sick of people just making shit up.
     
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    I do, he was a big influence on Obama.
     
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    No reputable psychologist diagnoses someone they haven't personally interviewed.

    thanks for more rightwingnut insanity...

    and cali, where's your famous demand for "evidence"? :eusa_whistle:
     
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    You will notice, if you read my post, that I made no comment about Obama's mental health. And.... yea, I would be asking for actual evidence if the issue was one that was likely to be an issue. (And, I was on the phone while I was posting so I didn't bother putting any balance into it - my bad for that one).

    I am not agreeing that Obama has mental health issues - I am only providing The Doctor Is In with the background information on which some of the comments from the OP were based.
     
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    Sources?

    Without reliable sources, these comments are mere speculation and unsupported conclusions on your part!
     
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    It is improper for any kind of doctor to do this kind of long range evaluation . Of course, when conservatives are in the white house, it happens regularly.

    It is just as wrong now as it ever was.

    Part of the problem is so few of Obama's words are Obama's. (Which hold true at all times, but more so with this guy than any other.)

    No family tree can withstand a couple good shakes. And in Kenya, where Obama's bio dad ran off to, bigamy is not a crime.

    I just wish folks would chill with this, and deal with the realities we can see. And what he speaks to.
     

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