perhaps this psychologist needs a psychologist
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.