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Artist~PWCM~ 2010/07/01 23:16:58
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A Shrink Asks: What's Wrong with Obama?

By Robin of Berkeley

So what is the matter with Obama? Conservatives have been asking this question for some time. I've written a number of articles trying to solve the mystery.

Even some liberals are starting to wonder. James Carville railed about Obama's blasé attitude after the catastrophic oil spill. The New York Times' Maureen Dowd revamped Obama's "Yes We Can" motto into "Will We Ever?"

The liberal women of the TV show "The View" have expressed sympathy for Michelle Obama's living with a man so out of touch. Peggy Noonan, hardly a vehement Obama foe, recently pronounced him disconnected.

Obama's odd mannerisms intrigue a psychotherapist like me. He also presents a serious diagnostic challenge.

For one, Obama's teleprompter and the men behind the Blackberry keep him well-scripted. We know so little about the facts of his life.

But it's more than just a lack of information. Obama himself is a strange bird. He doesn't fit easily into any diagnostic category.

Many people attribute Obama's oddness to his narcissism. True, Obama has a gargantuan ego, and he is notoriously thin-skinned.

Yet a personality disorder like narcissism does not explain Obama's strangeness: his giggling while being asked about the economy; his continuing a shout-out rather than announcing the Ft. Hood shootings; or his vacations, golfing, partying and fundraising during the calamitous oil spill.

Take also Obama's declaring on the "Today Show" that he wants to know whose ass to kick. Consummate narcissists would never stoop to this vulgar display of adolescent machismo.

Obama is flat when passion is needed; he's aggressive when savvy is required. What's most worrisome is that Obama doesn't even realize that his behavior is inappropriate.

So if it's not just simple narcissism, what is wrong with Obama? Since I've never evaluated him, I can't say for sure. But I can hazard some educated guesses.

If I saw a client as disconnected as him, the first thing I would wonder: Is something wrong with his brain? And I'd consider the following theoretical diagnostic possibilities.

--Physical problems: There are a multitude of physiological conditions that can cause people to act strangely. For instance: head injuries, endocrine disturbances, epilepsy, and toxic chemical exposure.

It makes me wonder: Did Obama ever have a head injury? His stepfather in Indonesia was purportedly an alcoholic abuser. Was Obama subject to any physical abuse?

-- Drugs and alcohol: Damage to the brain from drugs and alcohol can also cause significant cognitive impairments. Obama once said that there were 57 states -- and didn't correct himself. Memory problems can be caused by both illicit and prescription drug use.

Obama admits to a history of drug use in his youth. Did his usage cause some damage? Does Obama still use?

--Asperger's Syndrome: Also known as high-functioning autism, Asperger's causes deficits in social skills. A person with Asperger's can't read social cues. Consequently, he can be insensitive and hurtful without even knowing it.

Could Obama have Asperger's? He might have some mild traits, but certainly not the full-blown disorder. In contrast to Obama, those with Asperger's get fixated on some behavior, like programming computers. Obama lacks this kind of passion and zeal.

--Mental Illness: Obama's family tree is replete with the unbalanced. His maternal great-grandmother committed suicide. His grandfather, Stanley Dunham, was particularly unhinged: He was expelled from high school for punching his principal; named his daughter Stanley because he wanted a boy; and exposed young Barry to not just drunken trash talk, but unrestricted visits with alleged pedophile Frank Marshall Davis (who might or might not be Obama's biological father). Barack Sr. was an abusive, alcoholic bigamist.

Since mental illness runs in the family, does Obama have any signs? Yes and no. No, he is not a schizophrenic babbling about Martians. But there are red flags for some other conditions.

While Obama doesn't appear to hallucinate, he seems to have delusions. His believing he has a Messiah-like special gift smacks of grandiose delusions. His externalizing all blame to conservatives, George W. Bush, or the "racist" bogeyman hints at persecutory delusions.

Along with a delusional disorder, Obama may fit for a mild psychotic disorder called schizotypal disorder. It may explain some of Obama's oddness.

People with schizotypal disorder hold bizarre beliefs, are suspicious and paranoid, and have inappropriate and constricted affect. They have few close friends and are socially awkward. A schizotypal is someone like your strange cousin Becky who is addicted to astrology, believes she is psychic, and is the oddball at social gatherings.

Schizotypal Disorder does ring some bells vis-à-vis Obama. One way the diagnosis doesn't fit, however, is that schizotypals are generally harmless, odd ducks. Not so with Obama.

--Trauma: My gut tells me that Obama was seriously traumatized in childhood. His mother disregarded his basic needs, dragged him all over the place, and ultimately abandoned him.

But I think there may be something even more insidious in his family background. While I can't prove it, the degree of Obama's disconnect reminds me of my sexually abused clients.

With serious sexual abuse, the brain chemistry may change. The child dissociates -- that is, disconnects from his being -- in order to cope. Many adult survivors still dissociate, from occasional trances to the most extreme cases of multiple personality disorder.

Apparently, young Barry was left in the care of Communist Frank Marshall Davis, who admitted to molesting a 13-year-old girl. As a teenager, Obama wrote a disturbing poem, "Pop," that evoked images of sexual abuse -- for instance, describing dual amber stains on both his and "Pop's" shorts.

Would trauma explain Obama's disconnect? In many ways, yes. A damaged and unattached child may develop a "false self." To compensate for the enormous deficits in identity and attachment, the child invents his own personality. For Obama, it may have been as a special, gifted person.

Let's return now to my original question: What is wrong with Obama? My guess is a great deal. The answer is complex and likely includes some combination of the above.

Along with the brain issues are personality disorders: narcissism, paranoia, passive-aggressiveness. There's even the possibility of the most destructive character defect of all, an antisocial personality. Untreated abuse can foster antisocial traits, especially among boys.

If my assessment is accurate, what does this mean?

It means that liberals need to wake up and spit out the Kool-Aid...and that conservatives should put aside differences, band together, and elect as many Republicans as possible.

Because Obama will not change. He will not learn from his mistakes. He will not grow and mature from on-the-job experience. In fact, over time, Obama will likely become a more ferocious version of who he is today.

Why? Because this is a damaged person. Obama's fate was sealed years ago growing up in his strange and poisonous family. Later on, his empty vessel was filled with the hateful bile of men like Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers.

Obama will not evolve; he will not rise to the occasion; he will not become the man he was meant to be.. This is for one reason and one reason alone:

He is not capable of it.

A frequent AT contributor, Robin is a psychotherapist in Berkeley and a recovering liberal. You can e-mail Robin at robinofberkeley@hotmail.com. She regrets that she may not be able to acknowledge your e-mail.

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  • dominic garcia 2012/02/16 04:18:55
    I think...
    dominic garcia
    +1
    Robin.... I was just going to say this, you took the words right out of my mouth.
  • Kaleokualoha 2010/07/24 00:34:52
    This woman needs a shrink!
    Kaleokualoha
    +1
    "Apparently, young Barry was left in the care of Communist Frank Marshall Davis, who admitted to molesting a 13-year-old girl" is a lie. There is no evidence that Obama was left in the care of Davis. Gramps brought Obama with him to visit in the early 1970's, and Obama visited Davis only once in the three years before going to college.

    You will find that contrary to fairy tales drifting around the blogosphere, Davis never "admitted" that any of the events from his novel actually happened in real life. You will find that critics are trying to railroad Davis with trumped-up evidence, just like the Mike Nifong tried to railroad the Duke lacrosse team, Dr. Hatfill was railroaded in the anthrax letters case, and the Bush administration railroaded Saddam Hussein by misrepresenting the Iraqi threat after 9/11.

    "Truth is generally the best vindication against slander."
    - Abraham Lincoln
  • Artist~... Kaleoku... 2010/07/24 04:54:47
    Artist~PWCM~
    Ah...
    So prove it.
  • Kaleoku... Artist~... 2010/07/24 09:33:53 (edited)
    Kaleokualoha
    "Prove" WHAT exactly? That something did NOT happen? The burden of proof is always upon those who make controversial claims.

    "Dreams" does not indicate that Obama was left in the care of Davis. A text-searchable version is online at http://issuu.com/xinyangge/do... A synopsis of Davis passages is online at http://cletuswilbury.newsvine... In the absence of supporting evidence, such claims are without merit, and should be dismissed as fraudulent.

    Frank Marshall Davis undeniably wrote a scandalous memoir-novel under the pseudonym Bob Greene, one chapter of which is devoted to fictional character Bob Greene and his wife having sex with a thirteen-year old girl. This fact was accurately reported on August 24, 2008 by Toby Hamden on a British website
    (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/n...

    From this kernel of truth, however, forensic deconstruction may reveal that Hamden and others skillfully built a slanderous house of cards in framing Davis as a pedophile based solely on his novel. To wit:

    1. FALSE ATTRIBUTION: According to Hamden, "Mr. Davis (writing as Greene) explains that although he has “changed names and identities…all incidents I have described have been taken from actual experiences."

    a. Please note that the fictional character Bob Greene, not author Davis, alleges tha...








































    "Prove" WHAT exactly? That something did NOT happen? The burden of proof is always upon those who make controversial claims.

    "Dreams" does not indicate that Obama was left in the care of Davis. A text-searchable version is online at http://issuu.com/xinyangge/do... A synopsis of Davis passages is online at http://cletuswilbury.newsvine... In the absence of supporting evidence, such claims are without merit, and should be dismissed as fraudulent.

    Frank Marshall Davis undeniably wrote a scandalous memoir-novel under the pseudonym Bob Greene, one chapter of which is devoted to fictional character Bob Greene and his wife having sex with a thirteen-year old girl. This fact was accurately reported on August 24, 2008 by Toby Hamden on a British website
    (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/n...

    From this kernel of truth, however, forensic deconstruction may reveal that Hamden and others skillfully built a slanderous house of cards in framing Davis as a pedophile based solely on his novel. To wit:

    1. FALSE ATTRIBUTION: According to Hamden, "Mr. Davis (writing as Greene) explains that although he has “changed names and identities…all incidents I have described have been taken from actual experiences."

    a. Please note that the fictional character Bob Greene, not author Davis, alleges that incidents were taken from actual experiences. Even Hamden's travesty of journalism only stated that Mr. Davis confirmed that he was the author, not that Davis said the events actually occurred in his own life.

    b. Casual readers of Hamden's story may not have noticed this sleight of hand (fallacy of equivocation) when substituting author Davis for fictional character Bob Greene as the subject of experiences in the book. In this one maneuver, Hamden cleverly shifted the identity of subject "he" from Greene to Davis, thereby indicating that Greene's fictional story actually happened to Davis in real life. This deception, however, reveals Hamden's intent to directly smear Davis and thereby indirectly smear Obama through guilt-by-association.

    2. ESCALATION #1: On the same day (August 24) Hamden’s report was published, so-called "Accuracy In Media" (AIM) published a new report citing Hamden’s story. (AIM had already published numerous reports defaming Frank Marshall Davis starting in February 2008.) AIM now reported that Edgar Tidwell, an "expert in the life and writing of Davis," confirmed that Frank Marshall Davis wrote "Sex Rebel: Black" as a semi-autobiographical novel. Despite Tidwell's expert opinion that the novel was SEMI-autobiographical, AIM escalated accusations against Davis by claiming he was a sex pervert (http://www.aim.org/aim-colum... based on Hamden’s same-day report. Kincaid falsely attributed the "pervert" claim to Hamden’s report.

    3. ESCALATION #2: On 14 October, AIM again escalated the charges by falsely claiming Davis was an "admitted child molester"
    (http://www.aim.org/aim-colum...

    4. SUMMARY: Evidence strongly suggests that Hamden and AIM worked together on this story before either post was published on August 24: AIM’s post referenced Hamden’s story although both were published the same day. Further, AIM’s false attribution of the “pervert” claim to Hamden’s story suggests AIM referenced Hamden’s draft rather than a final version.


    There are at least four disclaimers that shield Frank Marshall Davis from literal attribution of this novel:

    a. All memoir-novels, whether pornographic (e.g., John Cleland's "Fanny Hill"), satirical (e.g., Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels"), or other genre (e.g., Daniel Defoe's "Moll Flanders"), are allegedly true but nevertheless fiction. The fictional authors of memoir-novels, such as "Bob Greene," claim that such incidents actually occurred although they, too, are fictional. In a broader sense, ALL first-person narrative novels, such as Nabokov's "Lolita" and Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn," claim authenticity despite obviously being fiction. To claim that some memoir-novels are literally true (if convenient for one's political agenda), while acknowledging that other memoir-novels are truly fiction, is intellectual dishonesty.

    Please note that Jonathan Swift (writing as fictional character Gulliver in memoir-novel "Gulliver's Travels") described various encounters with Lilliputians and other characters, and Vladimir Nabokov (writing as fictional character Humbert Humbert in memoir-novel "Lolita") described various encounters with Lolita and other characters. Upon what rational basis can someone claim that Davis's story is history, while other first person narrative memoir-novels are fantasy? To literally attribute memoir-novel character Bob Greene's encounters to Davis, but not attribute the encounters of memoir-novel characters Gulliver and Humbert Humbert to their respective authors, indicates a flagrantly biased double standard to smear Barack Obama through guilt-by-association.

    b. Scandalous memoirs such as "Sex Rebel: Black (Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet)" have been a literary genre for centuries. According to Wikipedia, such scandalous memoirs are allegedly factual, but are largely invented. The title, alone, qualifies it as a "scandalous memoir." It is the epitome of dishonesty to claim, without empirical evidence, that fictional characters' experiences actually occurred in their author's real life .

    c. The fictional character Bob Greene, not author Frank Marshall Davis, "changed names and identities" of other characters. According to dictionary.com, "identity" means "condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is: a case of mistaken identity." Changing name AND identities means changing names AND other "condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is," which may include biographical data such as age. Further, "taken from actual experiences" does not mean they are accurate representations of any experiences.

    d. Edgar Tidwell, the expert on the life and writing of Frank Marshall Davis, says the book is "semiautobiographical," which (according to dictionary.com) means "1. pertaining to or being a fictionalized account of an author's own life. 2. pertaining to or being a work of fiction strongly influenced by events in an author's life." "Sex Rebel: Black" is therefore a fictionalized account of events in Davis's life.

    In an honest evaluation, any of these disclaimers should protect the author from literal interpretation. The combination of all four should provide absolute protection from any culpability. Unfortunately, Davis's accusers are dishonest.

    Like Mike Nifong, the disgraced ex-D.A. in the Duke lacrosse case, their campaign to demonize their target ignores exculpatory evidence in their reckless rush to judgment. Just as Nifong tried to railroad Duke lacrosse players, so too are Hamden, Kincaid, and others railroad Davis for political purposes. In order to smear Barack Obama through guilt-by-association with Frank Marshall Davis, they are virtually lynching Davis by grossly misrepresenting his character and influence. By misrepresenting fictional activities described in "Sex Rebel" as Davis's actual activities, they have trumped-up evidence to frame Davis. Such misrepresentation may be symptomatic of the accuser's own psychological disorder, indicated by projection of the accuser's own pedophilic fantasies onto the author.

    In "Sex Rebel," Davis's Bob Greene (not unlike Nabokov's Humbert Humbert) hesitates at a pubescent girl's sexual invitation, but foolishly relents. Like "Lolita," this faux foreword is written by a PhD impersonator who details the psychological significance of the memoir. Like Nabokov, Davis wanted to write under a pseudonym to shield his reputation, but felt compelled to reveal his authorship. As a result, however, Davis has been posthumously accused of pedophilia, while "Lolita" is "considered by many to be one of the finest novels written in the 20th century." In 1998, it was named the fourth greatest English language novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library," despite also being initially dismissed as pornography, according to Wikipedia.

    This deliberate misrepresentation is only the latest in a long series of falsehoods by AIM professional prevaricators. Their "specific misrepresentation" is documented at http://my.barackobama.com/pag... . I invite any person of integrity to refute my evidence against any of these AIM lies. If AIM had authentic evidence of Davis's radical influence, they would not need to fabricate such evidence.

    For objective articles on this issue, please see http://wxxxnews.blogspot.com/... and http://iamthelizardqueen.word...

    BTW: As a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer with specific training in Deception Analysis by the C.I.A. in 1989, I am familiar with political disinformation. I am familiar with disinformation campaigns, including Pope Gregory's misrepresentation of Mary Magdalene, Russian and German misrepresentation of Judaism, Operation Fortitude protecting the D-Day invasion, Operation Left Hook protecting the coalition drive into Kuwait, and the misrepresentation of the Iraqi threat this century.

    This disinformation campaign fits the pattern epitomized by "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," in which targets are smeared through deliberate misrepresentation. In both cases master propagandists falsely claimed that works of fiction were authentic accounts of their targets, in order to provoke further attacks. Both cases depended upon gullible members of the general population, who were predisposed to believing such disinformation, and who could be counted upon to spread such smears even further. In the absence of credible evidence, both cases fail miserably under close scrutiny. As cesspools of slander, innuendo, and trumped-up charges, such unsubstantiated accusations reflect the perverse nature of their accusers more than their targets.

    Do you have any primary source evidence that Obama was "left in the care" of Davis? Do you have any primary source evidence (i.e., statements from Davis himself, rather than statements from imaginary character Bob Greene) that Davis "admitted" that ANY of the events in "Sex Rebel: Black" actually happened in his life? If so, PLEASE advise. Thanks!

    "Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee."
    - Immanuel Kant
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  • Artist~... Kaleoku... 2010/07/24 13:56:24
    Artist~PWCM~
    Text wall...
  • Kaleoku... Artist~... 2010/07/30 21:06:33
    Kaleokualoha
    Once again: Prove WHAT exactly?
  • Kaleoku... Kaleoku... 2010/08/05 05:45:48
    Kaleokualoha
    Ah! No reply! This is the typical response when propagandists are confronted with their falsehoods. My condolences!
  • Artist~... Kaleoku... 2010/08/05 18:11:22
    Artist~PWCM~
    +1
    *snicker*
    You've only proved...your faith in obama.
    snicker faith obama snicker faith obama snicker faith obama
  • Kaleoku... Artist~... 2010/08/14 06:29:53
    Kaleokualoha
    In Right-Wing Fantasyland, asking a question ("Prove what, exactly?") seems to be "proof" of faith in Obama. In your delusions, does failure to float also "prove" that someone is not a witch?

    Once again: you asked me to "prove it." I only asked you what you wanted me to prove. If this is too difficult a question, my condolences.
  • Icono1 2010/07/02 01:29:27
    I think...
    Icono1
    +1
    We are in big trouble as a country.
  • Artist~... Icono1 2010/07/02 14:27:07
    Artist~PWCM~
    +2
    Have been since day one with this fool!
  • Jenna~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2010/07/01 23:51:46
    I think...
    Jenna~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +4
    he's a pathiological narcisist with brain damage.
  • Artist~... Jenna~P... 2010/07/02 14:28:32
    Artist~PWCM~
    +2
    Which is why obama will never admit defeat...even with Rome (America) burning down around him.
    obama admit defeat rome america burning
  • dominic... Jenna~P... 2012/02/16 04:22:25
    dominic garcia
    +1
    Cocaine does this to you, Obama did just enough of it to burn lots of brain cells, it is too obvious.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2010/07/01 23:33:13
    What odd behavior?
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    Nothing odd about his behavior. This is what a real president looks like--you had a warped impression of what a president was from 2000-2008.
  • Artist~... ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2010/07/02 14:26:39
    Artist~PWCM~
    +1
    Hmmm...so, how would you compare obama with President Clinton?
  • Melizmatic 2010/07/01 23:19:41
    I think...
    Melizmatic

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