Mar. 22, 2019
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An Open Letter to John D. Gartner, Founder of the Duty to Warn Group and one of the authors in "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" from psychoanalyst Siebolt Frieswyk, PhD.
March 21, 2019
Dear Dr. Gartner,
You know well the dangers that Donald Trump poses that can be framed within the traditions of psychoanalysis. Kernberg’s penetrating discussion of the intersection of antisocial conduct with borderline and narcissistic traits is relevant.
See, Kernberg, O.F. (2007) The Almost Untreatable Narcissistic Patient J. Am. Psychoanal. Assn. 55(2): 503-552.
There he writes, “Patients with borderline personality organization and a narcissistic personality disorder have a more serious prognosis than all other personality disorders functioning at the borderline level...those, who in addition present significant antisocial behavior have an even worse prognosis...This negative trend culminates in a group of practically untreatable patients with antisocial personality disorder, who represent the most severe cases of pathological narcissism.”
Since Kernberg had no illusions nor any hope that remediation is possible for that cohort, we can thus infer there is no hope that Trump will change. Rather, he will continue to present irremediable challenges in his modes of governance.
Retributive vengeance seems to be central in his motivations and conduct so we thus face the continuing chaos he repeatedly generates for which we have no well-planned interventions.
When Trump goes completely off the rails precipitated by the impact of the unfolding nightmare of the Mueller inquiry and its many iterations our Nation will fall into disarray with no resistance from the Republicans.
They and many Americans remain oblivious to the danger Trump poses. Instead, those politicians seem guided with the rare exception by self-serving ambition and so ignore what we actually face amidst the chaos that Trump creates utterly indifferent to our social and communal existence. Our Democratic Party presidential hopefuls seem restrained but aware of these dangers.
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Is our democracy not at a tipping point? Should we not with others raise our concerns based on our professional perspectives? What is our ‘duty to warn’?
You, of course with 26 others, did so in THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP with Justin Frank, et.al. There you spoke out powerfully emphasizing his manic self aggrandizing modes.
The question thus to be posed is why does the media ignore those realities not only on FOX but in all other platforms?
To parody a familiar beloved song from MY FAIR LADY whose lyrics were written by Allen J. Kerner, “We’ve become accustomed to his farce. He almost makes our day begin. We’ve grown accustomed to the tune he whistles night and noon, and then...his smiles, his frowns, his ups and downs are second nature to us now like breathing in and breathing out. We were serenely independent and content before we met. Surely we could be that way again and yet...we’ve become accustomed to his looks, accustomed to his voice, accustomed to his face. He’s second nature to us now...”
We have a national folie a deux with national news outlets that take him seriously and a citizenry now oblivious and detached. Can we recover from our shared delusional state or will our doom continue to unfold?
Sincerely, Siebolt Frieswyk PhD
Kansas licensed psychologist, psychoanalyst certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association in 1987, faculty member appointed in 1980 to the Topeka Psychoanalytic Institute now the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, faculty member and program director of inhouse and multistate psychotherapy training programs at Menninger 1968 – 2001, appointed in 2017 to the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences PsyD Program and the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance, published treatments outcome researcher at Menninger and cocreator of the PICIA. See Wikipedia, Parent-Child Interaction Assessment-II.
Can Trump Survive Mueller?
Dear Dr. Gartner,
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People predict the president will collapse under the stress of the Mueller investigation. But Trump has teetered on the brink before and never succumbed.
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Cenk Uygur has an interesting take on George Conway: Kellyanne Conway is Warning People About Trump Through Her Husband
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ask me to be interviewed for Salon; but at least knowing that
anyone interested in this specific topic will find my story.
It makes it worth the time and effort put into writing these pieces.
The Trump tweets from this weekend and this morning are being discussed as a crisis level event on MSNBC, they say it can only be viewed as a psychological breakdown. They are using terms like "Trump is in a full-blown panic." Unfortunately, none of the Duty to Warn mental health group is on the MSNBC panel to explain exactly how dangerously close to becoming dangerous and impulsively irrational.
It took longer for me to make this than it generally does for me to write 1000 words.
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There is no moral or intellectual reason that will persuade them (Republicans still supporting Trump). There is no respectful conversation to be had with people who argue in bad faith. The only solution is to defeat Trump and his party so thoroughly that Trumpism is permanently discredited. A party that continues to defend this president is simply beyond redemption.
This is from another Republican who is even more conservative than Jennifer Rubin.
Mar. 16, 2019
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New Zealand’s prime minister asked Trump to do this one thing after the mosque attack — but he completely failed
Oops. Trump threatened biker violence against leftists, then deleted the tweet after the New Zealand mosque massacre manifesto praised him as a ‘symbol of renewed white identity.’
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