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Only 38% of Dems claim excellent mental health
World Net Daily | February 29, 2008 | Dr. Rossiter

Posted on 03/12/2008 9:18:30 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

When the Gallup pollsters asked Americans what they thought about their own mental health, they were intrigued by the difference between Democrats and Republicans.

While 58 percent of Republicans reported having excellent mental health, only 38 percent of Democrats described themselves that way.

The study was no surprise to D. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., a noted psychiatrist and author of a controversial book that makes the clinical case liberalism is a mental illness.

"Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded," says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness." "Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave."

Rossiter says the kind of liberalism being displayed by the two major candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination can only be understood as a psychological disorder.

"A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity – as liberals do," he says. "A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population – as liberals do. And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which over-regulates and over-taxes the nation's citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state – as liberals do."

Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:

creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;

satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;

augmenting primitive feelings of envy;

rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.

"The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious."

"The reason the relationship exists between being a Republican and more positive mental health is unknown, and one cannot say whether something about being a Republican causes a person to be more mentally healthy or whether something about being mentally healthy causes a person to choose to become a Republican," the study concluded.


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Isn't it wonderful when someone confirms in research what you have known for years? I suppose this research will mean that liberals will start claiming some sort of mental disability and demand a benefit of sorts for their shortcomings.
1 posted on 03/12/2008 9:18:32 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

Yeh....tell me something I don’t already know.


2 posted on 03/12/2008 9:20:29 PM PDT by JaneNC (I)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

Great story. But do you have a link?


3 posted on 03/12/2008 9:21:06 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

What........ only 62% of dems are honest?


4 posted on 03/12/2008 9:22:13 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

You are more right than you know. Benefit mandates on health plans are a major reason for their high cost. At this moment, the house passed a bill to make mental benefits the same as all other benefits.

It will add about 10% to the cost of most plans.


5 posted on 03/12/2008 9:23:42 PM PDT by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.

I can see that this might be a psychological defense mechanism - IOW, a tacit admission by Lefties that they need some sort of protection from their fellow LW Loonies.

6 posted on 03/12/2008 9:23:47 PM PDT by Post Toasties (It's not a smear if it's true.)
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To: BunnySlippers

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=57683


7 posted on 03/12/2008 9:23:49 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
So more Republicans “claim” to be sane than RATS. You would never suspect it given their recent suicidal behavior.
8 posted on 03/12/2008 9:24:34 PM PDT by isrul (Help make koranimals an endangered species)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

Thank you. It’ll get a laugh at the office tomorrow.


9 posted on 03/12/2008 9:24:39 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
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Simply repeat the mantra after me, "Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama" and all will be right with the universe." (Now get out your credit card, go to my website and donate.)

Obamaharishi
10 posted on 03/12/2008 9:24:51 PM PDT by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

That much? I figured it was lower.


11 posted on 03/12/2008 9:25:39 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Wiseghy

Adding mental benefits will, over time balloon costs out of control because the science of mental illness is entire subjective. If the patient claims they feel a certain way, well it must be covered.


12 posted on 03/12/2008 9:26:25 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

Nice to see an unscientific (but real) poll that confirms the book recently written by a shrink that lays out the case the liberalism is a mental disorder. At least 62% of them are on the road to accepting they have a mental illness.


13 posted on 03/12/2008 9:28:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
Most commie loving tree hugging piss Christ America hating bi gay transgendered living off the work of others scum know that they are sick.

So, the article makes sense.

14 posted on 03/12/2008 9:32:14 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

38% seems way too high. -Wb


15 posted on 03/12/2008 9:33:03 PM PDT by Wagonboy (STOP GLOBAL WHINING!)
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To: newheart

It will bring this great country to its knees to have a mentally ill liberal as President.

All of you who associate with a liberal or two; get them on the road to health. Pass this article to them.


16 posted on 03/12/2008 9:33:21 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?; Wiseghy

You’re both right this is something to be careful about, however, the way current laws are for “parity” (mental illness gets same coverage as physical) a specific diagnosis is required by the doctor, not a description by the patient, and not all illnesses are covered, only serious ones.

For example, depression and generalized anxiety disorder are not covered, but schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychosis are. This makes sense as many lives could be saved, the patients as well as their potential victims in manic or delusional phases of those serious illnesses.


17 posted on 03/12/2008 9:36:28 PM PDT by baa39 (Defend our troops! see my profile page)
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To: Secret Agent Man
At least 62% of them are on the road to accepting they have a mental illness.

But being liberals, they will blame that illness on society, not on their own thinking.

18 posted on 03/12/2008 9:37:50 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

Noticing the Euro Nations with Monarchies, or even symbolic Monarchies, and populace of those Nations with penchant for Socialism causes me reflection upon the drift of our Nation.

Modern Democrats seem to seek a stylized Monarchist, Marxist, Oligarchy replacement for that which our Founding Fathers engineered for us reflecting upon their personal experience and disdain of the forementioned Monarchy.

This perception is the same as our Founders fought at the time against those whom desired a ruling class.

The (Dems, Libs, Socialists) retardation seems to be in their Tinkerbelle fantasy of immature adults responsible for their play yard. Mummy and Daddy pals with pockets full of treasure and candy to treat them from cradle to grave.


19 posted on 03/12/2008 9:45:12 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
Of course, not all Republicans have "excellent mental health" either.


20 posted on 03/12/2008 9:45:32 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

Bump.....


21 posted on 03/12/2008 9:45:38 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: baa39

This is much better than I thought. If so, I suspect this was the compromise bill that some in the industry supported.


22 posted on 03/12/2008 9:48:16 PM PDT by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: Wagonboy
38% seems way too high. -Wb

You forget, they are all helpless victims. Only big government can step in and save them from their imagined foes. To liberals, government is the answer to everything.

The dangers of an imagined dependancy on government are that an irrational majority will grasp for an even BIGGER GOVERNMENT.

23 posted on 03/12/2008 9:51:32 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
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To: rockinqsranch

Interesting. Do you think this “drift” could be changed if we implemented the plan originally intended by many of the Founding Fathers, that the right to vote is preserved for those who own property?

Of course now with an income tax (arguably unconstitutional) that gives everyone the “right” to vote as everyone is paying and supporting the government. But when “the voters” blithely pass bond measures and it adds several hundred dollars to my property tax bill and nothing to the rent of someone on subsidized (again with my taxes) housing.

Yes, some liberals own property, but it might greatly reduce the nanny state if the “infants” were not allowed to be decision makers in the system.


24 posted on 03/12/2008 9:54:34 PM PDT by baa39 (Defend our troops! see my profile page)
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To: hellbender

Anytime I see this pic I think he’s having a stroke...


25 posted on 03/12/2008 9:55:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man
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To: Wiseghy

Also, in terms of numbers, for example:

20 percent of adults at some point in life will experience clinical depression. Very, very few commit suicide or even lose significant income due to it (1% or less). Granted, it’s painful, but they usually survive. Many health plans already offer some treatment, a fixed number of therapy sessions, etc, for depression.

However, only 1 percent of the population suffers from bipolar disorder, and 20 percent (1 in 5 people!) with that condition die by suicide. Many cannot work or only on a limited basis.

From a compassion standpoint, of course we want to help both groups. But depression is now much more widely understood; like the flu, it’s almost possible for the patient to treat himself except for Rx’s, and there are books, support groups, etc. For bipolar patients, intervention is essential.

Financially it makes no sense to mandate treating every depressive, or you would bankrupt the system, perhaps only those who are suicidal, for example, could be a distinction. However, the more serious illnesses are also much less common, so hopefully not so much of a financial burden on medical plans.


26 posted on 03/12/2008 10:08:18 PM PDT by baa39 (Defend our troops! see my profile page)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Nice to see an unscientific (but real) poll that confirms the book recently written by a shrink that lays out the case the liberalism is a mental disorder.

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27 posted on 03/12/2008 10:09:56 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: baa39
20 percent of adults at some point in life will experience clinical depression.

Abe Lincoln did, and recovered.

28 posted on 03/12/2008 10:11:19 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: baa39
I'd agree that treatment should be available for the seriously mentally ill. It would be nice if the state would take on the task of treating the seriously mentally ill without opening the collective insurance door to all liberally minded and the slightly moody or blue.

My point is that once the door is forced open to insurance benefits, each mental ailment is just a simple lobbying effort away from being paid for by people who choose a healthy, well balanced lifestyle, outlook, attitude, etc.

29 posted on 03/12/2008 10:11:41 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh? (Collectivism - Can't we all agree to pay whatever government says it will cost to fix everything?)
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To: rfp1234

Sorry, I may have misspoken that it was written by a doctor. Is Michael Savage a psychiatrist too?


30 posted on 03/12/2008 10:14:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
A lot of mental sickness is actually Demon possession.
31 posted on 03/12/2008 10:18:14 PM PDT by right way right
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To: Secret Agent Man

From Savage’s website:

“he holds Masters degrees in medical botany and medical anthropology, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Epidemiology and Nutritional Science.”


32 posted on 03/12/2008 10:19:46 PM PDT by baa39 (Defend our troops! see my profile page)
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To: right way right

Not sure about “alot” but definitely you’re right in the case of Hillary and Obama.


33 posted on 03/12/2008 10:20:55 PM PDT by baa39 (Defend our troops! see my profile page)
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To: rockinqsranch
"Mummy and Daddy pals with pockets full of treasure and candy to treat them from cradle to grave."

This is exactly how liberals see government. The brighter ones may know that not everyone can get from government what they ask, but they will have theirs no matter the consequences or the cost to anyone else. They believe that they are entitled to it simply because they have needs; democrats constantly reinforce that fairytale. Virtually gone are any concept of personal responsibility.

34 posted on 03/12/2008 10:26:43 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh? (Collectivism - Can't we all agree to pay whatever government says it will cost to fix everything?)
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To: JaneNC
Yeah. No $h!t $herlock!

Most Democrats I know are always angry or complaining about something. And I'm not kidding. It's like there's a black cloud around them all the time.

Should we be surprised at this revelation?

NOT!

35 posted on 03/12/2008 10:40:13 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

LOL!

Wondeirng how Hillary and Obama graded themselves.

What a riot!


36 posted on 03/12/2008 10:42:54 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

Most here get it : liberals are infants who never grew up. This is the basis of socialism/big government but it never works : The First Law of Thermodynamics : energy can never be created or destroyed, only transferred. Although there are GIFTS there is no such thing as a free lunch. Rs understand that(an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay)but mentally ill Ds never do...pity...


37 posted on 03/12/2008 10:45:55 PM PDT by timer (n/0=n=nx0)
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A lot of mental sickness is actually Demon possession.

I'd agree that mental illness is caused by a number of factors including: drug abuse, poor life choices, irrational expectations and coping strategies, flirtation with the dark side of the moral spectrum, (i.e. folks that practice and believe in the occult), faith in nothing beyond themselves, (i.e. atheists, agnostics), etc.

I'd guess that the vast majority of mentally ill folks followed a very flawed yellow brick road. It's probably a small minority of the mentally ill that are seriously ill in spite of good life choices and a "normal" environment.

For those who are politically crazy, changing your political affiliation is simple and easy. Check the right box anytime you choose. You'll still have irrational thoughts and impulses from time to time. A little talk radio, Fox News, and an honest days work will have you mentally fit in no time. :-)

38 posted on 03/12/2008 11:02:00 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh? (Collectivism - Can't we all agree to pay whatever government says it will cost to fix everything?)
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To: Salvation
Wondeirng how Hillary and Obama graded themselves.

The simple lessons we need to share with all liberals are that there is hope, that things are not as bad as the main stream media would have them believe, and that liberalism is disastrous and unsustainable both personally and for our nation as a whole.

39 posted on 03/12/2008 11:17:24 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh? (Collectivism - Can't we all agree to pay whatever government says it will cost to fix everything?)
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To: BunnySlippers

I always answer the question, “I’m not a Republican. I’m a conservative, though I usually vote Republican.” I would wager that people who answer likewise would answer the “excellent mental health” question “YES” more near 85% of the time as opposed to the R’s 58%.


40 posted on 03/12/2008 11:22:17 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: timer
Most here get it.

Hopefully some dumbercrats will happen by long enough to read the points of Dr. Rossiter. I thought the piece was brilliant enough to post in land where people would appreciate it.

41 posted on 03/12/2008 11:26:55 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh? (Collectivism - Can't we all agree to pay whatever government says it will cost to fix everything?)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

and most of them are in denial


42 posted on 03/12/2008 11:28:45 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence)
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To: clamper1797

Denial permits anything. It allows you to seem sane when needed, while denying any information in conflict with a irrational belief system. This is why debates with liberals are so disjointed; they have an constant need to change the subject to avoid agreeing with you.


43 posted on 03/12/2008 11:41:44 PM PDT by Got a right to Life? . . Huh? (Collectivism - Can't we all agree to pay whatever government says it will cost to fix everything?)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

If you’ve ever been to a psychiatric ward, or dealt with homeless people on the street, you know that THEY think they are perfectly fine : nothing wrong with ME! Dr Rossiter nails it but the dems will never listen, too devastating to their ego, their self image. Sadly they are children that just got older, still mental infants in the cradle, expecting to be spoon fed. Ah well, MAJOR events will soon transpire, only rugged, self reliant ADULTS will survive, infantile liberals will be GONE.


44 posted on 03/13/2008 12:00:36 AM PDT by timer (n/0=n=nx0)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?
"Only 38% of Dems claim excellent mental health"

.... and they are all seriously delusionial!!

THe 'healthiest' Demagogues are the other 62% who know that they suffer some degree of mental infirmity!!
45 posted on 03/13/2008 12:58:13 AM PDT by Enchante (Governor Spitzer, can you recommend a "high class" prostitute for a Democrat friend?)
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To: Secret Agent Man; rfp1234
Sorry, I may have misspoken that it was written by a doctor. Is Michael Savage a psychiatrist too?

Not the same book or author, this article references Dr. Rossiter's The Liberal Mind, and yes, he's a real psychiatrist. His website is here: www.libertymind.com

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46 posted on 03/13/2008 2:07:58 AM PDT by TheSarce
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

And if you divided Republicans into “Moderates” and “Conservatives”, I’ll bet the numbers are even more striking.


47 posted on 03/13/2008 9:06:14 AM PDT by Antoninus (Tell us how you came to Barack?)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

Oh great! I can hear the Spitz now: “Not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, your Honor and I can prove it”.


48 posted on 03/13/2008 9:10:54 AM PDT by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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Somewhat off topic, but...

"In his fifth and last lecture, the audience asked Jung to depart from his theory of dream analysis and explain instead how to put the transference to "practical use" within the process. Jung's explanation led to a discussion of the role religion served within the various psychotherapeutic systems, particularly his own. He told the audience that throughout thirty-plus years of analytic practice, he had made an informal statistical count of his patients' religious affiliations: most were either Jewish or Protestant; practicing Catholics numbered "about six." It proved to him that the Catholic Church's "rigorous system of confession" was indeed a "therapeutic institituion"....
Taken from Jung: A Biography by Deirdre Bair
49 posted on 03/13/2008 9:18:32 AM PDT by Antoninus (Tell us how you came to Barack?)
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To: Got a right to Life? . . Huh?

My sister is a liberal who “learned a lot about psychology during her sessions.” She told me that I can’t love anybody until I love myself.

Hmmm...dear sister, are you saying that narcissism is the key to happiness?


50 posted on 03/13/2008 9:22:07 AM PDT by Loud Mime (If Muslims love death, why do they have hospitals?)
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