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To: Torie
This article says far more about the silliness of modern definitions of mental illness than it does about our former presidents.

That said, Freud and William Bullitt wrote quite the fascinating psychoanalysis of Wilson: Thomas Woodrow Wilson which was distinctly unfavorable to Professor Wilson. Since I dislike Wilson intensely, I've always enjoyed it. Erik Ericson also did an interesting psychobiography of Luther: Young Man Luther that was very popular back in the '60s and '70s.

55 posted on 04/21/2006 3:56:20 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: CatoRenasci; x
Freud and William Bullitt wrote quite the fascinating psychoanalysis of Wilson
The NY Times ran a "New Pyschology" explanation for T.R.'s 1912 run by Morton Prince, M.D. I'll post the .pdf of the article for a few days: "Roosevelt as analyzed by the new Pyschology" (Warning: pdf file!)

You'll get a kick out of it.

78 posted on 04/21/2006 8:46:54 AM PDT by nicollo (All economics are politics)
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To: CatoRenasci; nicollo
Wilson is an important case. It would have been useful if someone had spotted his excessive rigidity beforehand. Did anyone? One problem is that contemporary observers don't look at one candidate in isolation. If they compared Wilson to TR, Woodrow might simply look boring and conventional.

With today's large fields of candidates, it's always possible to find one real kook, and elect someone who also has something wrong upstairs. And of course the observers are biased themselves, and prefer some candidates to others.

"Presidential temperament" was a big theme in 1976. It doesn't look like the professional observers caught Jimmy Carter's own deficiencies and rigidities. They were comparing Carter to recent presidents Nixon and Johnson. Carter didn't have their particular flaws -- and they didn't want Ford to win -- so they judged Jimmy not just to be sane, but to have an untroubled psyche, and missed his obsessive nature.

82 posted on 04/21/2006 10:47:52 AM PDT by x
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