'Truth spoken without moderation reverses itself'
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Monday, February 13, 2017
John Oliver Has A Genius Plan To Force Trump To Learn Some Actual Facts // Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump
John Oliver is
back, and he’s launched his most challenging investigation yet. On Sunday’s “Last Week
Tonight” on HBO, the comic looked into reality itself, which is under assault
by President Donald
Trump and a White House that accepts “alternative
facts.” So what can you do
when the president himself doesn’t seem to care what the facts are?
Charles M. Blow (column, nytimes.com,
Feb. 9) describes Donald Trump's constant need "to grind the opposition
underfoot." As mental health professionals, we share Mr. Blow's concern.
Silence from the
country's mental health organizations has been due to a self-imposed dictum
about evaluating public figures (the American Psychiatric Association's 1973
Goldwater Rule). But this silence has resulted in a failure to lend our
expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time.
We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.
Mr. Trump's speech and
actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own,
leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability
to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their
psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists,
In a powerful leader,
these attacks are likely to increase, as his personal myth of greatness appears
to be confirmed. We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by
Mr. Trump's speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as