Since December 2016, I have been writing a book called Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. I published two previous books using the principles of applied psychoanalysis to examine the psyches of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama – as well as the nature both of their supporters and their opposition. In a normal world, I would continue to pursue my analysis without having to worry about current events on a daily basis. But such is not the case when trying to analyze Mr. Trump.
His erratic behavior compromises my efforts, especially since it is escalating. In fact, if he were my patient I would insist that he be hospitalized before attempting psychoanalytic treatment. A working therapeutic relationship requires that the patient have control over his impulses.
I have treated people whose behavior was similar to Mr. Trump’s, but it was in a hospital where the first order of business was setting limits. Why a hospital setting? Because the people I’ve treated who behave like President Trump require hospitalization – even if against their will.
The hospital offers structure and supervision of impulsive people, and helps restrict dangerous behavior until patients can contain their urges and think clearly. I suddenly find myself in a rush of sympathy with Mr. Trump’s parents, who chose to place their impulsive adolescent son in another institution of structure and supervision, The New York Military Academy.
Donald Trump is unstable, and there is no need to list the evidence here. As President of the United States, his behavior presents a clear and present danger to an entire nation, if not the world. We cannot employ, as president, someone too impulsive to think, unable to reason, and unable to engage in complex discussions with the various government agencies from State to Defense to National Security to Justice.
Now is the time for all good members of the GOP – with their powerful grip on all three branches of government – to put party aside, and come to the aid of their country.