Psychiatry for the Do-it-yourself Crowd

Spectator USA
July 9, 2019

It is normal for psychiatrists to examine patients before giving their diagnosis. This strikes us as sensible. But Bandy X. Lee, psychologist and Yale Professor, decided that when assessing the cognitive competence of President Trump such quaint protocols no longer apply. Following her example, Chadwick Moore, writing in The Spectator USA, uses his psycho-analytic acumen to examine some media personalities. Mr. Moore is a journalist. But he demonstrates conclusively that you don’t need a fancy degree to take the measure of someone’s mental health. What is most needed are strong opinions, the conviction that you are sane and grounded, and the certitude that you are a morally superior specimen. Fortunately, there appears to be no shortage of qualified individuals.

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