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Renshon uses a psychological approach to evaluate politicians. At best, such an approach requires caution. In Renshon's hands, however, there is no caution. The purported approach is a mere veneer for his own rigidly ideological politics. This is a hyper-behavioralist analysis of presidential behavior.
Stanley A. Renshon (Author of The Psychological Assessment of Presidential Candidates)
Jettisoning all institutional context, the author claims that we should evaluate prospective presidential candidates based on their psychological make-up. All of us, potentially. A neuroscience study carried out by researchers at University College London and the Brussels Free University has shown why some of us follow distasteful orders without feelings of responsibility. We have known for decades how easy it is to coerce or cajole people into immoral or unethical acts.
The new study takes things further, showing that neural processing in these situations more closely resembles that of an observer than an active individual, creating a vastly diminished sense of responsibility. Responsibility and accountability are the roots of political democracy, but they are easily sidestepped. Put the neuroscience findings together with narcissistic and antisocial leaders, and we have the ingredients for geopolitical turmoil. In December , more than a dozen members of Congress invited a Yale University psychiatry professor, Dr. Bandy X. Lee, to evaluate Trump's behavior.
We feel that the rush of tweeting is an indication of his falling apart under stress.
Trump is going to get worse and will become uncontainable with the pressures of the presidency. Some candidates have chosen to make their health records public, particularly when serious questions have been raised about their well being. The Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, did so in the face of questions about his age—he was 72 at the time—and previous ailments including skin cancer.
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Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," wrote Trump's doctor. Trump himself said: "I am fortunate to have been blessed with great genes—both of my parents had very long and productive lives. The American Psychiatric Association banned its members from offering opinions about elected officials or candidates for office after , when a group of them called Republican Barry Goldwater unfit for office.
Wrote the association:. So if there's no mechanism in place by which an independent panel of health experts is able to evaluate a sitting president, who decides when there might be a problem with his decision-making process? The president himself, which is the problem. Presidents have gone out of their way to hide their ailments from the public and, more importantly, their political enemies.
Among the most notable in modern history was John F. While those ailments certainly would not have precluded him from taking office, Kennedy's failure reluctance to disclose the pain he suffered illustrate the lengths to which presidents go to conceal health problems. Section 3 of the 25th Amendment to the U. Constitution , which was ratified in , allows a sitting president, members of his cabinet—or, in extraordinary circumstances, Congress—to transfer his responsibilities to his vice president until he has recovered from a mental or physical ailment.
The problem with the constitutional amendment, however, is that it relies on a president or his cabinet to determine when he is unable to perform the duties of the office. President Ronald Reagan used that power in July when he underwent treatment for colon cancer.