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Harvard Psychiatrist: Trump Is A ‘Sociopath’ And ‘A Very Sick Individual’

While even his conservative critics admit that Trump has an unusual disposition for a President, they usually stop short of publicly declaring that he’s suffering from a full-blown personality disorder. However, Salon recently interviewed a Harvard psychiatrist who gave the President an unofficial personality assessment. The prognosis is not good.

Dr. Lance Dodes used to teach at Harvard Medical School. Dodes currently serves as a supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. In other words, he isn’t just some quack that Salon dug up to make a political point. He’s a contributor to the upcoming book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. 

Dodes is under the impression that Donald Trump is a sociopath, that he is a person who lies and cheats as a way of life. In the interview, the psychiatrist said that Trump’s narcissism “is particularly severe because he also is out of touch with reality whenever he becomes upset.”

“When he says, ‘I had the largest crowd at an inauguration in history,’ it does not matter that you can tell him that it is not true, he still insists on it,” he continued. “Well, that is very troublesome because what it means is that he needs to believe it. He is able to give up reality in exchange for his wished-for belief. Sometimes we call that a delusion.”

Moreover, Dodes goes on to say that he thinks Trump qualifies for “antisocial personality disorder,” but thinks the best diagnosis is a “malignant narcissist.” What’s a malignant narcissist? “It is expressed in his inability to empathize with others and his lack of genuine loyalty to anyone,” Dodes said. “You will notice that Trump wants everyone to be loyal to him, but he is loyal to nobody.”

The psychiatrist goes on to talk about the very real danger of having someone with Trump’s disposition in the White House, saying he could lead to the type of false flag operation that caused Germany to relinquish its parliamentary power to Adolf Hitler.

“The more desperate Trump becomes, the more he needs to have a crisis so the country will rally around him,” Dodes said. “If I had to pinpoint it, I would say he is going to start bombing North Korea. Unfortunately, the North Korean leader is just as sick as Trump.”

Nicole James
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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.

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