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Dr. Justin A. Frank returns for a lively discussion of Trump’s psychology, his claimed stability, and widespread comments on his troubling behavior.Frank is the author of Bush on the Couch and Obama on the Couch, and is working hard on Trump on the Couch, to be published this fall. He does not attempt to diagnose Trump, and offers his views on many aspects of Trump’s public behavior.
We open with an exchange on Trump’s defensive claims that he’s “like, smart, a genius, a stable genius” and explore his relationships with his father and mother.
We touch on his desperate need for approval, his treatment of women, and his many delusions. His exchanges of insults with Kim Jong-un and willingness to use nuclear weapons are risky and alarming.
We talk about Trump’s references to Africa, Haiti and El Salvador as “shitholes” and Frank argues that Trump’s demagoguery and racism are tools he uses to maintain his political base.
It’s a wide-ranging discussion about Trump, and you will soon detect that your humble host loves his sessions with Dr. Frank.