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perhaps this psychologist needs a psychologist

Oliver James psychoanalyzes Bush.

As with most psychobabbling professionals, James finds the root cause of Bush’s problems: his parents. Any good psychologist worth his hourly fee knows that when you don’t really have time to analyze someone (or, like James, you doing your analyzing in absentia), you just blame the parents and the childhood.

The outcome of this childhood was what psychologists call an authoritarian personality. Authoritarianism was identified shortly after the second world war as part of research to discover the causes of fascism.

Well, there you have it. Bush is a "facist" because his mother was strict!

I am not Bush’s hugest fan but even I find this article ridiculous. What is the purpose of it? What does it tell us that we did not already know or what we don’t need to know (or guess, in this case)?

Well of course we know the reason for the article. After all, this is The Guardian. Obviously they were just looking for a chance to reiterate all those leftist anti-Bush catch phrases: daddy’s money, big drinker, poor student, makes up words, doesn’t play well with others.

Now, let's take this psychoanalyzation thing a bit further. It is obvious from James's writing that he harbors a deep resentment towards George W. Bush and his family. The meaning underneath his words are clear: James is obiviously unsure of himself professionally and is quite jealous of those who he perceives to have gained prominence in their own professions. If one looks further, you can also see that James has mother issues - perhaps even an Oedipus complex - and some sibling rivalry issues that eat away at his soul. In fact, he probably went into psychology in order to evade his own problems by concentrating on the mental afflictions of others. By analyzing his clients and political figures, he can keep his own mental demons at bay, though they do seep out into his hateful commentaries.

See, I can do this too. Maybe The Guardian will pay me to analyze Ted Rall. Geez, if they paid by the word I would be richer than even the Bushes!

Stay tuned for next week’s feature, when The Guardian uses numerology to tell us why Bush does the things he does and calls on the world’s greatest psychics to back up the claims that Bush was actually Attila the Hun in a past life.

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The commentary on Bush's mother was over the top. The actual psychanalysis I could do without, but he is a published psychologist, and, well, you and I aren't. At least he is talking about something he is somewhat of an expert on.

Other than that, I see no wrong with most of the insights, especially those provided by 'ally' David Frum. I also enjoyed reading about the (non)personality behind the man, as well as the anecdotes and history. Paints quite the picture.

Obviously they were just looking for a chance to reiterate all those leftist anti-Bush catch phrases: daddy’s money, big drinker, poor student, makes up words, doesn’t play well with others.

Aren't most of those phrases leftist t-shirt designs? I think you forgot Porn Star and Princess.../sarcasm

My feeling is the Guardian would LOVE a libel suit against them. Bush would be best to ignore this.

My take is that Bush is SO normal that personally he's a pretty boring guy. probably the most non-neurotic President elected since Coolidge.

Yes, Vinnie, Bush is not nearly so smart and caring as that tyrant-loving mush-mouth in Ottawa. Please enjoy this fisking of Oliver James at the link posted below.

http://www.spiked-online.com/Printable/00000006DAE5.htm

Ah Chico, looks like I made a friend. You have never have too many friends, I say.

We're talking about Bush here, not Chretien. If the proprietor of this website chooses an article on Chretien, I'll be the first to comment.

While I'm not the greatest fan of his, he doesn't step away from a fight...

And Chico-man, re-read my first post.

'The actual psychanalysis I could do without'

'I also enjoyed reading about the (non)personality behind the man, as well as the anecdotes and history.'

Sheesh - and I thought the problem was that Bush was an AWOL National Gaurdsman & incompetent businessman who relied on illegal stock transactions, shady business deals & shadier political moves from family cronies to get ahead in life.

Joseph: You're getting Bush and the Clintons mixed up. AND forgot "Fun with Interns."

Actually, I'd like to see his take on Mr. Bill. Somehow I suspect he would be a lot nicer - which would say a lot about his own psychology.

Bush is the anti Christ and here's the proof (it's too great):

http://www.geocities.com/trebor_92627/Bush.htm
:D

"daddy’s money, big drinker, poor student, makes up words, doesn’t play well with others"

"Bush was an AWOL National Gaurdsman & incompetent businessman who relied on illegal stock transactions, shady business deals & shadier political moves from family cronies to get ahead in life."

I'm no leftie, but aren't those true?

the man may be a fellow psychologist but he's also a disgrace to our discipline. I can say so without addressing the content, for the plain and simple fact that to do psychoanalysis in Freudian terms you have to spend a hell of a lot of time with the person under analysis.
So Vince, no he's not qualified to opine on this. In fact he should hand back his degree for writing that crap, for peddling cheap pseudo-psychoanalysis to the bush-hating masses.

That said, there's nothing wrong with a few conjectures on a more superficial level (I've tried myself at some of these) provided one a) doesn't go too deep based on mere public records and b) the analysis remains tentative. Again, since James's crap fails on both accounts his article is "wholly without merit."

BSTI:

Nope. Turns out the AWOL claim is lacking an important component: a declaration of AWOL status.

But that little fact fails to stop people who think they smell blood.

skip the AWOL bit, then. What about the other stuff...failed businesses bailed out by Saudis,poor student, former coker and boozer (though I saw a video of him drinking wine at a function just before he was elected), member of the skullNbones, grandson of a nazi sympathizer, invents words, condescends his audiences,on and on

Declaration of AWOL status? A minor detail, considering the power his daddy wielded.

Of course, we can still talk about it. People still get suprised when they hear about it.

What power did his "daddy" wield back then, Vince? Sure, it makes a great conspiracy theory, but unless you have proof that Bush was declared AWOL you have nothing. Period. Also, other people w/o powerful daddies have had similar absences from the Guard w/o being declared AWOL or worse. It's usually due to some snafu in paperwork or other problem that gets resolved and forgotten. The Guard isn't the most organized force in the US Military.

I've already looked up the info. All you have is vapor and innuendo. Which is probably more powerful than an actual charge, in some circles. Hence it's continuing existence.

TrackBack: If you think applied psychoanalisys is invalid by nature, perhaps someone should tell the Bush Administration.

Indeed, if Freud were alive in the second half of the twentieth century, he might well have been recruited to offer his genius in the service of the U.S. intelligence effort. Somewhere in the bowels of the George H. W. Bush Center for Central Intelligence in Langley, Virginia, psychoanalysts are currently reviewing audio recordings, videotapes, and biographical information on dozens of contemporary world leaders, using the principles of applied psychoanalysis to develop detailed profiles for use by the CIA and the U.S. government and military. According to political psychiatrist Jerrold M. Post, M.D., who has chronicled the history of "at-a-distance leader personality assessment in support of policy," the marriage of psychoanalysis and U.S. intelligence dates back to the early 1940s, when the Office of Strategic Services commissioned two studies of Adolf Hitler. The effort was regarded as enough of a success that it was institutionalized in the 1960s, Post writes, first under the aegis of the Psychiatric Staff of the CIA's Office of Medical Services, which "led to the establishment of the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior" (CAPPB), which Post founded within the Directorate of Intelligence.

As Post reveals, CIA psychological profiles of Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin played an important role in Jimmy Carter's handling of the 1978 Camp David negotiations. And applied psychoanaly-sis continues to enjoy a privileged place in the intelligence universe.

"At the time of his confirmation hearings, Secretary of the Defense Donald Rumsfeld identified as his nightmare [the possibility of] not understanding the intentions of dangerous adversaries," Post writes. "Accentuated by some of the recent intelligence ‘surprises,' the need to have a robust applied political psychology capability has been highlighted and increased resources are currently being applied to human intelligence and to the study of the personality and political behavior of foreign leaders, both national leaders and terrorists."

http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/excerpt_xml.asp?isbn=0060736704