#108 Homelessness, Coping, and Working

On November 22, 2016

The day after the election, I was as shocked as anyone. The ecstasy of the Cubs’ victory vanished in a flash. I knew it would take some time, if ever, to understand what happened and what to do going forward.

#107 Attention to Work

On November 11, 2016

In the wake of the stunning election results and in light of how wrong I was in predicting its outcome, I’m not sure that you want to hear from me anymore.

#106 A Coda to the “So-Called Campaign” — and What’s Next

On November 2, 2016

Hello Everyone, With less than a week to go in this most unusual presidential election, I would like to offer a few closing thoughts about this “so-called campaign” and what its aftermath might be. A few of you may recall that in October of last year I wrote #100:  “Will the Narcissist Help to Restore […]

#105 Addiction to Attention

On September 1, 2016

As the presidential campaign runs its course, it seems to me that we need only one construct to understand Mr. Trump’s motivation for running for president and his unconventional behavior – his insatiable need for attention. It’s an addiction.

#104 The DSM Has the Answers

On June 21, 2016

As I wrote last time, I think that understanding Trump’s candidacy requires psychoanalysis rather than political analysis.

#103 A Dangerous Mix: Fear, Authoritarianism, and Narcissism

On June 9, 2016

Fear has caused some voters this cycle to seek an authoritarian figure. Donald Trump’s style meets this need, even though he may be nothing more than a narcissist seeking the ultimate form of attention. Nonetheless, fear, authoritarianism, and narcissism are a dangerous mix.

#102 Looking at Trump through the prism of Ali

On June 7, 2016

Mohammad Ali’s life is a perfect and timely prism through which to examine Donald Trump’s life. Trump seems to be all bombast absent any apparent sacrifice or evidence of having led a principled life.

#101 A Monster of Their Own Making

On March 10, 2016

I will focus here on the conditions of unrelenting negativity and obstructionism that have given rise to the Trump phenomenon.