On narcissism: “Not a psychiatric expert opinion” but “a political psychology profile”

During any political season we see MANY personality traits on parade.

In this New York Times piece, Robert Klitzman, a professor of psychiatry and the director of the bioethics master’s program at Columbia University, ask if therapists should analyze and publicly “diagnose” these candidates.

He begins when a journalist asks him what he thinks (from a psychiatrist’s POV) of one of the leading candidates and goes on:

“Many psychologists have been quick to offer diagnoses, calling him and other presidential candidates “narcissists,” and even providing thoughts about possible treatments.

I wondered what, if anything, to say. I’ve watched [the candidate] on TV like everyone else, but never met him. So, I hesitated — for ethical reasons. The American Psychiatric Association (A.P.A.) prohibits its members from giving professional opinions about public figures we have not interviewed.

Read the rest of: Should Therapists Analyze Presidential Candidates?