Sep 01

“Unfit” (The Psychology of Donald Trump)

A significant part of the following official statement on behalf of Dan Partland‘s new movie (Hashtag) Unfit is not true: “For the first time, mental health professionals go on the record, in an eye–opening, science–based assessment of the behavior and stability of Donald J. Trump.”

This is not the first time at all. Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have gone on the record in such places, for instance, as the book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, published in 2017. Moreover, its editor, Bandy X. Lee, has been continuously outspoken on Twitter and in interviews.

That being said, many may prefer video to reading, and for that Unfit may be a chance for some to better understand Trump’s psychology. It’s available at  Amazon Prime and possibly other streaming sites. Decide for yourselves if it’s a worthy endeavor.

Below is the trailer, followed by review excerpts:

Selected Review Excerpts

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter:

The diagnosis is in, at least according to the estimable gallery of mental health professionals, and members of The Duty to Warn Coalition, who are seen in Dan Partland’s documentary: President Donald Trump suffers from a condition known as malignant narcissism, the components of which are narcissism, paranoia, anti-social personality disorder and sadism.

The shrinks participating in the documentary are technically violating what’s known as “The Goldwater Rule,” which states that it is “unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.” The ethical standard springs from a 1964 magazine poll in which 1,189 psychiatrists said that then-candidate Barry Goldwater was unfit to be president. Fortunately for the sake of the country, there’s also something known as “The Tarasoff Rule,” inspired by a California Supreme Court ruling that decreed that mental health professionals have a “duty to warn” if their patients might put someone else’s life in danger.

Ironically, it’s not the mental health professionals on display who make the strongest impact, but rather Anthony Scaramucci…”He is not a racist,” Scaramucci affirms. “He treats everybody like shit. He’s an asshole. That’s different from being a racist.”

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times:

“The psychiatric interview is the least reliable method of making a diagnosis,” says the psychologist John Gartner, Ph.D. “The ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ is based on observable behavioral criteria…When you meet with someone, they can lie to you, they can say, ‘I never did that…,’ but if you could actually observe [someone’s] behavior…you’d get a much more reliable indicator of how they behaved.”

Owen Gleiberman, Variety:

Rick Reilly, the veteran sports writer and author of “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump,”…asks a question: Why would Trump need to cheat at golf? But cheat he does. According to Reilly, Trump jerry-rigs his golf cart to go twice as fast as any of the others, so that he can, if he chooses, be the first to the tee and more able to manipulate the results. He’ll plant his mark in the wrong place, or deny he hit a ball into a lake. He’s claimed championship wins when he lost, or where he was the only player. And then there’s this: He tried to cheat Tiger Woods. No one says the well-being of America is riding on Trump’s sleaziness on the green. Yet the film suggests that if Trump will cheat at golf, he’ll cheat at anything.