‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

JAMES C. MCINTOSH, M.D. | 9/14/2017, 3:18 p.m.
Psychologist Naim Akbar has traced the root word of psychology back to the ancient Egyptian word sacca, for wise, which ...
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The soul of Donald Trump

Psychologist Naim Akbar has traced the root word of psychology back to the ancient Egyptian word sacca, for wise, which later evolved into Psyche, the Greek goddess of the soul. So psychology in its original sense means the study of the soul. Similarly, psychiatry relates to the healing of the soul. Many have asked why a psychiatrist would analyze Donald Trump. For what purpose? Can Trump’s soul be healed? The fact that he was elected president of the United States of America means that the answer to that question is not as obvious to everyone as it is to me.

An open sore instead of a soul

 On the other hand, it is eerie how many lay people have answered this question about Trump’s possession of a soul in the exact same way as I would: “No, Trump has no soul.” Writer Mark Singer described Trump as a man who “had aspired to and achieved the ultimate luxury, an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul.” Former White House Press Secretary Bill Moyers has said that Trump “does not seem to me to have what we would normally think of as a soul; he has an open sore.” Khizr Khan, a lawyer and the father of a slain decorated Muslim-American soldier, Captain Humayun Khan, killed in Iraq, said that Trump “has no soul” and is “void of empathy.” 

Lipstick on a pig

Tony Schwartz, the man who says he actually wrote the book, “The Art of the Deal,” which Trump falsely claims as his own, lamented in an interview last year in The New Yorker magazine, “I put lipstick on a pig… I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.” Schwartz also came to the conclusion that Trump has “no soul.” He also said that if he were writing the “Art of the Deal” today he would call it “The Sociopath.” The older synonym for sociopath, psychopath, is one of the words the OSS used to describe Adolf Hitler.

The single most evil man ever

Writer Wayne Barrett, speaking about perhaps someone else, said words that lead to the same conclusion about Trump’s lack of a soul. Barrett began by talking about Trump’s mentor, Roy Cohn. Cohn was Trump’s attorney in the federal housing discrimination suit filed against Trump in the mid-1970s. Cohn was also the notorious U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor in the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and the chief counsel for Joseph McCarthy during the red scare Army-McCarthy Hearings, and he also represented several mobsters, such as Tony Salerno, Carmine Galante and John Gotti. Barrett described Cohn as “the single most evil person I have ever covered.” He then added, “If that’s a magnet for you as a young man, it says you are soulless from the start.”  It’s unclear about whom Barrett was speaking but Trump is certainly a person who sought out Cohn as a young man and the description soulless fits Trump to a Donald T. Cohn, by the way, described Trump as “the closest thing to a genius” he had ever seen.