The Goldwater Rule

Offering a psychiatric diagnosis of someone you have never personally examined erodes the credibility of psychiatry as a medical specialty.

I agree with this 100%! I had never heard about the Goldwater Rule until reading this article, but I think it definitely needs to be applied here!

“You can be a jerk without having a mental illness. It is actually demeaning to the many nice people who happen to have a mental illness to assume that when someone acts like a jerk, he or she must have a mental illness.”

I think “jerk” is a polite way of describing Trump, but I completely agree with the message here. We don’t know what goes on in Trump’s mind.

Sure he says a lot of things he shouldn’t (I’m trying to stick to the theme of being polite here), especially on Twitter, but none of these things on their own indicate mental illness. If anything they indicate what his personality type is. It indicates that he is probably self-centred and likes attention, good or bad, which I think is why the media needs to ignore him more. Problem is, for some reason, this man was elected President of the United States and the media cannot ignore the president because he is running a country! That’s kind of a big deal.

That still doesn’t give the public the right to try and diagnose him from afar. All you see is the public version of Trump. The private version could be very different, we just don’t know. We can’t know. We can assume, but keep in mind that people with mental illnesses are often very good actors and often come across very differently to the world than what is happening inside their minds. There’s just no way to know what is really going on in Trump’s mind and you cannot diagnose him my his public image.

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