Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump

Allen Frances


Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump

Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump

  • Title: Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump
  • Author: Allen Frances
  • ISBN: 9780062394507
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Hardcover



A landmark book, from one of the world s most prominent psychiatrists The Atlantic, June 2017 Eminent psychiatrist Allen Frances analyzes the national psyche, viewing the rise of Donald J Trump as darkly symptomatic of a deeper societal distress Equally challenging and profound, Twlilight of American Sanity makes sense of our time and charts the way forward.It is coA landmark book, from one of the world s most prominent psychiatrists The Atlantic, June 2017 Eminent psychiatrist Allen Frances analyzes the national psyche, viewing the rise of Donald J Trump as darkly symptomatic of a deeper societal distress Equally challenging and profound, Twlilight of American Sanity makes sense of our time and charts the way forward.It is comforting to see President Donald Trump as a crazy man, a one off, an exception not a reflection on us or our democracy But in ways I never anticipated, his rise was absolutely predictable and a mirror on our soul What does it say about us, that we elected someone so manifestly unfit and unprepared to determine mankind s future Trump is a symptom of a world in distress, not its sole cause Blaming him for all our troubles misses the deeper, underlying societal sickness that made possible his unlikely ascent Calling Trump crazy allows us to avoid confronting the craziness in our society if we want to get sane, we must first gain insight about ourselves Simply put Trump isn t crazy, but our society is from TWILIGHT OF AMERICAN SANITYMore than three years in the making the world s leading expert on psychiatric diagnosis, past leader of the American Psychiatric Association s DSM the bible of psychology , and author of the influential international bestseller on the medicalization of ordinary life, Saving Normal, draws upon his vast experience to deliver a powerful critique of modern American society s collective slide away from sanity and offers an urgently needed prescription for reclaiming our bearings Widely cited in recent months as the man who quite literally wrote the diagnostic criteria for narcissism, Allen Frances, M.D has been at the center of the debate surrounding President Trump s mental state quoted in Evan Osnos s May 2017 New Yorker article How Trump Could Get Fired and publishing a much shared opinion letter in the New York Times An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump s Mental State Frances argues that Trump is bad, not mad and that the real question to wrestle with is how we as a country could have chosen him as our leader Twilight of American Sanity is an essential work for understanding our national crisis.


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Description: More than three years in the making: the world's leading expert on psychiatric diagnosis, past leader of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM (“the bible of psychology”), and author of the influential international bestseller on the medicalization of ordinary life, Saving Normal, draws upon his vast experience to deliver a powerful critique of modern American society’s collective slide away from sanity and offers an urgently needed prescription for reclaiming our beari [...]

3.5 stars. The subtitle of this book (“A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump”) undersells the author: Frances oversaw the compilation of the DSM-IV and literally wrote the textbook definition for “Narcissistic Personality Disorder.” But this book isn’t about diagnosing Trump; it’s about diagnosing the societal delusions in the United States that lead to his election. According to Frances, Trump doesn’t have Narcissistic Personality Disorder. While he certainly has all the traits [...]

Addresses the issue with trying to paint Trump as having a clinical mental disorder in the first pages of the book to put that argument to bed as a futile effort that does nothing to help the situation and harms the view of those who are truly battling mental disorders. The Author builds the case of a society plagued by societal delusion refusing to address the giant issues facing our world of global warming, racial equality, resource scarcity, imperial ambitions, erosion of privacy, gun control [...]

Allen Frances wurde nach der Wahl von Ronald Trump zum amerikanischen Präsidenten gebeten, in einer Fernsehsendung Trumps Psyche zu analysieren. Die Berufsethik der Fachärzte für Psychiatrie verbietet allerding Ferndiagnosen an Politikern. Frances wurde vom Wahlsieg Trumps kalt erwischt, weil er zum Zeitpunkt der Wahl bereits an seiner Analyse der USA arbeitete und bis dahin den Kandidaten für keinen ernstzunehmenden politischen Gegner gehalten hatte. Hier schreibt nun der Sohn von Emigrante [...]

Trump's not crazy; we are. That's the premise of this book, and the best part of it was when this psychiatrist explains all the cognitive errors and delusional thinking that got us to the point where the world's greatest democracy elected Donald Trump president. This would be a good book to read if you're just starting to try to figure out how we ended up with Trump as president. But I've been pondering, and reading up on, that for a year, and there was little new insight in this book for me. Si [...]

In the prologue, the author explains that the book was started before Trump's election was expected. It covers the mistaken ways in which we Americans seek happiness. I suspect the subtitle about President Trump was put on by the publisher to increase sales, and it probably will.It's mostly a dense scholarly approach, covering the parts of the human brain that includes fast reflective thinking, that has the advantage of being able to get us away from danger without delay, and the slower logical [...]

The book, written by a Psychiatrist - opens with a statement that Donald J. Trump is not "crazy or insane" - but rather speaks about a larger U.S.-wide "Social Delusion" which Trump capitalized upon in his election victory. The Social Delusion includes - denial of the major topics of the day - income inequality, climate change population growth and other items.You need to be careful here - to broadly interpret all the author asserts - still some thread of the politics of "Social Delusion" - defi [...]

“Each nation has a President/King/Emperor/Prime Minister/Chancellor, that it deserves” I always keep saying the above, and even more so now after reading one of the best books on delusional American society. Allen Frances “Twilight of American sanity” is a fantastic read evaluating in-depth current problems and issues facing Trump’s America. He starts with the question how could it be at all possible that such a “persona” could be elected within the most powerful and successful Emp [...]

"When it comes to finding commonsense solutions to concrete problems, we the people are better, wiser, and more united than the politicians who represent us. The platforms of the political parties are drawn up to satisfy the entrenched self-interests of their most rabid members and therefore emphasize differences, rather than commonalities."Allen Frances is not only philosophical and analytical, he's fantastic! This is pull-no-punches straight talk that won't sit well with far-right, pseudo-reli [...]

Premise of the psychological effects of this being rather obvious, I thought this would have more to do with the current situation. Rather this pulled in a great deal of historical reference and a ton of psychological information. It was good but not earth shattering. I am leaving open the thought of reading it again in the future when I'm not in such a fatalistic mindset.

“The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity… They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the stat [...]

Dr. Frances started writing his book well before any reasonable person was expecting Donald Trump to be elected U.S. president, and then it appears he rewrote much of it after the election. The result is an unfocused approach to politics and the national psyche that, while mostly correct, isn't particularly satisfying nor particularly new. The book is at its best in the final chapters, when Frances mostly gets away from politics, a few digs at Trump aside, and writes about what makes people happ [...]

Should be mandatory reading for anyone age 15 and up. A primer on what's wrong with American society and how to fix it.

Couldn’t get into it. I was hoping for more unique insights instead of ideas I’ve heard over and over again.


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