October 2, 2002
Is the President
CAROL WOLMAN, M.D.
Many people, inside and especially outside this country,
believe that the American president is nuts, and is taking the world
on a suicidal path. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I feel it's
my duty to share my understanding of his psychopathology. He's a complicated
man, under tremendous pressure from both his family/junta, and from
the world at large. So the following is offered with humility and questioning,
in the form of a differential diagnosis.
Freudian point of view:
Dubya may be acting out a classical Oedipal
drama--overcome Daddy to get Mommy. By deposing Saddam, when
his father did not, he may want to prove himself more worthy of his
mother's love. His rationale that he is avenging the assassination
attempt on George, Sr., may be a reaction formation- his way of hiding
the true motive from himself.
From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth Edition:
There is a pervasive pattern of disregard
for and violation of the rights of others since age 15 years as
indicated by at least three of the following: 1) failure to conform
to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly
performing acts that are grounds for arrest; 2) deceitfulness, as indicated
by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit
or pleasure; 5) reckless disregard for safety of self or others; 7)
lack of remorse by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt,
mistreated or stolen from others.
Another possibility from DSM IV:
Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder) 300.14
A) The presence of two or more distinct
identities, each with its own enduring pattern of perceiving, relating
to and thinking about the environment and self.
B) At least two of these identities or
personality states recurrently take control of the person's behavior.
This disorder is typical of people raised by satanic cults, and
might explain how Dubya can think of himself as a born-again Christian
and yet worship money, oil and profit, and sanction killing thousands
of innocent Iraqi and Afghani children.
personality disorder 301.81
1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance-
exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized
as superior without commensurate achievements;
2) in preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited
success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love;
3) believes that he or she is "special"
and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with,
other special or
4) requires excessive admiration;
5) has a sense of entitlement- unreasonable
expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance
with his or her
6) is interpersonally exploitative;
7) lacks empathy, is unwilling to recognize
or identify with the feelings and needs of others;
9) shows arrogant, haughty behavior or
This set of characteristics may describe
Rumsfeld and Cheney better than Dubya.
Or, for those who feel that he's just a puppet for others:
1) has difficulty making everyday decisions
without an excessive amount of advice and reassurance from others;
2) needs others to assume responsibility
for most major areas of his life;
3) has difficulty expressing disagreement
with others because of fear of loss of support or approval;
4) has difficulty initiating projects
or doing things on his own because of a lack of self-confidence in
judgment or abilities.
5. goes to excessive lengths to obtain
nurturance and support from others, to the point of doing things
that are unpleasant.
Jungian point of view:
Dubya may be identifying with an archetype
(as Hitler did with the ubermensch)--something out of Revelations,
perhaps, whereby he sees himself as an instrument of God's will
to bring about Armageddon.
Dr. Carol Wolman is a board certified psychiatrist, in practice for
30 years. She can be reached at: email@example.com