By Justin A., M.D. Frank
With the Bush management in everlasting concern, a popular Washington psychoanalyst updates his portrait of George W.'s public persona—and the way it has broken the presidency.
Insightful and available, brave and debatable, Bush at the Couch sheds startling new mild on George W. Bush's psyche and its effect at the manner he governs, tackling head-on the query few appear prepared to invite: Is our president psychologically healthy to run the rustic? With an eye fixed for the subtleties of human habit sharpened by way of thirty years of scientific perform, Dr. Justin A. Frank lines the advance of Bush's personality from youth via his presidency, selecting and interpreting his styles of concept, motion, and communique. the result's a troubling portrait choked with vital revelations approximately our nation's leader—including anxious new insights into:
- How Bush reacted to the 2006 Democratic sweep in Congress with a brand new surge of troops into Iraq
- His telling conduct and coping strategies—from his continual mangling of English to his tendency to "go clean" in the course of crisis
- The tearful public breakdown of his father, George H. W. Bush, and what it says concerning the former president's dating to his famous sons
- The debacle of Katrina—the second whilst Bush's conceitedness ultimately failed him
With a brand new advent and afterword, Bush at the Couch bargains the main thorough and candid portrait thus far of arguably the main psychologically broken president considering Nixon.
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The repetitive pattern of periods of neglect punctuated by verbal declarations of devotion would thus come to def ine fatherhood to baby Bush. The father-son relationship would exert a stronger inf luence over the child’s development as his cognitive abilities developed. At this early stage, George W. Bush likely would have understood his father only as an inconstant presence, whose absences undermined the promises of love and affection the boy quite naturally craved. As we will see, this primitive dynamic registered in infancy would continue to resonate, in an expanding way, throughout his adult life.
Without an instructive example of how to experience grief, George W. was deprived of the opportunity to learn to mourn, which a child typically learns by watching his parents go through the 16 BUSH ON THE COUCH process. An exercise in holding and integrating the contradictory emotions of love and sadness, mourning is necessary for psychological growth. The capacity to feel sorrow is a prerequisite for the ability to be compassionate, to feel concern for others; managing loss is essential to both personal growth and the development of empathy for others.
Bush made sure it was public knowledge within his father’s 1988 campaign that the aide with whom he traveled would “stay in [Bush’s] hotel room until late at night to safeguard against rumors about women,” Stephen Mansfield notes in The Faith of George W. ” Such exaggerated vigilance regarding appearances suggests that Bush was at least aware that others questioned his ability to control his impulses, and raises the question of whether he worried about his own impulse control as well. Impulsive, hair-trigger responses to real and perceived threats are also common for people with ADHD, who often act before determining whether the threat they perceive is in fact genuine.