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Psychiatrist: Trump’s Attacks On Schiff Are Projections Over How He Feels About Himself

While overseas for the NATO conference in London, President Donald Trump lashed out at Rep. Adam Schiff, who has been heading the impeachment inquiry looking into misconduct by the commander-in-chief.

“I think he’s a maniac,” Trump said during a joint press briefing with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to Fox News. “I think Adam Schiff is a deranged human being. I think he grew up with a complex for lots of reasons that are obvious. I think he’s a very sick man, and he lies.”

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Those comments, however, are being examined by individuals who are part of the mental health community, including Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of Harvard Medical School.

Dodes, speaking in an interview with MSNBC, described Trump’s behavior toward Schiff as a projection of how he feels about himself.

“He tells other people that they are what he is. It’s a common enough mechanism in early childhood, but as an adult using it all the time, it is what we would call primitive,” Dodes said, according to a report from Newsweek.

Trump doesn’t give “a reasonable discussion” on topics he disagrees with, Dodes explained, adding that the president “runs a kind of a simple program in that way, [telling] you that other people are what he is being accused of and what he actually is.”

“He doesn’t have actual knowledge, so he just says what feels right to him and especially what is for him, what he thinks is in his personal interest,” Dodes added.

Dodes contributed to the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” which was edited by Dr. Bandy X. Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at Yale. Lee spoke with HillReporter.com in January of this year to discuss Trump’s mental fitness (or lack thereof) to be president.

Trump “has a propensity for violence,” Lee warned at the time. “When he is criticized or his position is challenged in any way, he very quickly goes into an attack mode — he attacks the person criticizing him or presents a version of reality other than the one that suits him.”

Trump is “amost living in his own reality,” Lee added.



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