By Justin A., M.D. Frank

With the Bush management in everlasting difficulty, a well known Washington psychoanalyst updates his portrait of George W.'s public persona—and the way it has broken the presidency.

Insightful and obtainable, brave and debatable, Bush at the Couch sheds startling new mild on George W. Bush's psyche and its effect at the method he governs, tackling head-on the query few look keen to invite: Is our president psychologically healthy to run the rustic? With a watch for the subtleties of human habit sharpened by way of thirty years of medical perform, Dr. Justin A. Frank strains the improvement of Bush's personality from early life via his presidency, picking out and studying his styles of concept, motion, and communique. the result's a troubling portrait full of very important revelations approximately our nation's leader—including demanding new insights into:

  • How Bush reacted to the 2006 Democratic sweep in Congress with a brand new surge of troops into Iraq
  • His telling behavior and coping strategies—from his chronic 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 courting to his favourite sons
  • The debacle of Katrina—the second while Bush's conceitedness ultimately failed him

With a brand new creation and afterword, Bush at the Couch bargains the main thorough and candid portrait to this point of arguably the main psychologically broken president due to the fact Nixon.

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A child burdened with a primitive worldview, in which others are easily dehumanized either as threats or intruders, or as idealized exemplars of perfect goodness, could obviously benefit from such an opportunity; a child who is instead given the message that one shouldn’t feel sorrow is instead implicitly encouraged to hold onto his way of seeing the world. Compassion not only goes untaught, it is discredited, rendered irrelevant. When the population of his world is further dehumanized in this way, the child has a difficult time humanizing others when he reaches adulthood.

Often the charm starts as a compensatory habit, but soon it morphs into second nature, an integral part of the self. As the child grows into adulthood, the skin gets thicker and thicker, until the individual is safely insulated from any shame over his private incapacities. The same early learning disabilities that can engender shame can also lead to the development of unhealthy responses to it. Once again, interaction with the mother is crucial, this time in the period—most dramatically during toilet training in the second year of life—when the mother causes her child shame by setting limits, and then must repair the broken bond.

When an infant’s needs are unmet by his mother, he turns with great yearning to his father. In George W. Bush’s case, the results could not have been very satisfying. As Mrs. Bush’s memoir chronicles, George H. W. Bush’s approach to early fatherhood was characterized by an endless series of absences. And when he wasn’t traveling for business, his famously reserved public persona offers ample reason to believe that he was still detached and unavailable at home. As George would say years later to Yale roommate Clay Johnson, whose parents served as “surrogate parents” to George: “My father doesn’t have a normal life.

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