Wednesday, September 15, 2004

George Bush - recovering alcoholic ?

James Hamilton with an excellent post on using psychoanalysis as a political weapon.

" ... another example of a psychotherapist thinking that the 'insights' of the trade have a prevailing overview on politics; the idea that politicians and political views can be sorted into those that are psychologically healthy and those that are not, on the basis of diagnosis from a distance. "

I'd dispute that it's valid even from close range. Most of our great men and women (from Boadicea (mass slaughter) through Drake (religious mania) to Churchill (alcohol dependency)) would probably be regarded as psychologically disturbed in one way or other.

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