Understanding the Mind of Donald Trump
It doesn't take a mental health professional to work out that the US president's mind warrants concern – but ironically, it is the mental health professionals that are often proscribed from speaking about it.
While "The Goldwater Rule" was implemented to stop psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures from a distance, a lot has changed since 1964. Today, we have a lot more access to the minds of our leaders than we did in the 1960s. By looking at his behaviour, his actions, and not least his tweets, we will have a chance to understand the psyche of Donald Trump.
Rather than "diagnosing", Dr. Balick will be applying psychological thinking to understand the mind of the most powerful man on the planet. All things psychological operate on a spectrum - it just so happens that many of Trump's personality traits occupy the extreme end of it. By looking at these extremes, we not only learn about him, but also ourselves and the society in which we live.
Aaron Balick, Ph.D., is a relational psychotherapist, public speaker, writer, and founding member and former chair of The Relational School UK. He is a mental health writer for The Huffington Post where he has explored the psychology of "The Trump Effect." He is the director of Stillpoint Spaces London.