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Veteran Psychiatrist: Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder
NA | NA | Dr. Lyle Rossiter

Posted on 03/31/2008 9:21:35 AM PDT by dvan

WASHINGTON - Just when liberals thought it was safe to start identifying themselves as such, an acclaimed, veteran psychiatrist is making the case that the ideology motivating them is actually a mental disorder.

"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."

While political activists on the other side of the spectrum have made similar observations, Rossiter boasts professional credentials and a life virtually free of activism and links to "the vast right-wing conspiracy."

For more than 35 years he has diagnosed and treated more than 1,500 patients as a board-certified clinical psychiatrist and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases as a board-certified forensic psychiatrist.

He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago. 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:

a.. creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;
b.. satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;
c.. augmenting primitive feelings of envy;
d.. 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."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: culture; disorders; liberalism; libs; mentalillness; psychology; pyschosis
Don't you just love it?
1 posted on 03/31/2008 9:21:36 AM PDT by dvan
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To: dvan

With some it is a birth defect.


2 posted on 03/31/2008 9:23:50 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: dvan
Don't you just love it?

I'd love it even more if there was a link to the original article.

3 posted on 03/31/2008 9:26:06 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: dvan

I love it, but why are there no links? It’s out of Washington? Where? Was it published? Is it a blog?


4 posted on 03/31/2008 9:27:01 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: dvan

I’ve long thought this.


5 posted on 03/31/2008 9:29:43 AM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: dvan

WEBCommentary Contributor

Author: Andrew T. Durham
Date: March 2, 2008

Michael Savage is Right Again: Liberalism Really is a Mental Disorder

“The one mistake you made was in your head. Tell me, how do you sleep at night?” - John Lennon
Once again Independent radio talk show host Michael Savage is right: Liberalism is a mental disorder. A few years ago, Savage wrote a best selling book called “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder”. Now Dr. Lyle Rossiter, Jr. has written a book called “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness”. Read more about this at WorldNetDaily.com

It would be simple for me to regurgitate the write-up about the book, but I am more interested in Michael Savage’s record of accuracy. Savage, who has literally a world of experience and has authored 26 books, pegged this particular topic years ago. But Dr. Savage, like me, is more interested in gaining a visceral response from people - aiming for the soul and the gut - than a mathematically intellectual reality check. This, I believe, is why Savage is so amazingly popular among his listeners and not merely a cult of personality. Savage caught me in 2002 when a coworker suggested I listen to the show, which I did. I hated it. But after I actually heard what he was saying over the course of a week or two I was hooked and I have literally listened to his show nightly for 6 years.

For example, I listened rapt on Friday night, February 29th, as Savage intentionally boycotted talking about politics and the election, instead opting to talk about cars, boats, food and other things from his vast experience. I could not take my ears off the radio. It’s not that I usually can, but it was his calm demeanor and his absolute command of numerous topics that was just so profound. It is rare that a true Renaissance man is recognized, and I rapidly realized that absolutely no one in talk radio could do what he did that night. No one. Savage draws you in and keeps you there and there is nothing fake about this man. Nothing. And he doesn’t have a spare rat’s ass to give about what anyone thinks about him. If only we all could achieve that level of ease with one’s self.

Savage’s record of prediction is astounding, to be sure. He was right on the Dubai Ports debacle. He was right on Immigration Reform. He was right on the Nifong/Duke Lacrosse case, particularly now that the creature that falsely reported a crime is still free and not behind bars. And, most recently, he was right about the 3Com Corporation sale to China that just fell through due to “political pressure from Washington”.

People I have talked to have labeled Michael Savage as homophobic. No he’s not. You have to listen to the man. People have said he’s a racist. No he’s not. In fact, he spends more time with his callers of other racial backgrounds than others. Savage, like any sane man, hates people who live out stereotypes. He respects people as individuals, not the issues they pretend to portray. Michael Savage is the last - the very last - breath of hope against political correctness. And, make no mistake, we as a nation and culture are in mortal danger. This is not pessimism. This is not doom saying. This is not paranoia. This is pure observation based on sanity. Case closed.

Michael Savage knows that if we do not act, and act now, everything we hold as sacred and of value will be split asunder. I’m sick of people who say that polemics are useless compared to political analysis. Let me tell you something: political analysis is almost as useless as sports analysis. One irrelevancy as useless as another. Savage doesn’t waste time on political analysis. He takes things apart and puts them together based on one, continuous, ominous theme: Santayana’s quote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

So he’s right about Liberalism as a mental disorder now, as well. But he knew that already. He’s right about an ideology that refuses argument, fosters dependence and screws an entire nation without dinner first. He knows it’s a mental disorder when you believe that you can consciously disempower individuals so that you can spawn complete reliance upon an ineffectual, corrupt government. People like Michael Savage are a rarity in that their intuitive sense is coupled with a sharp, intellectual steel trap of a mind. Like ancient mariners who could navigate simply by looking at the stars, Savage sees the writing on the wall.

And then he says it’s crap. That’s all.

Andrew T. Durham

Biography - Andrew T. Durham

Andrew T.Durham is a graduate of State University at Albany, BA in Psychology/Philosophy. In the late 80’s to mid 90’s he was instrumental in creating ground-breaking outreach/prevention programs, as well as being a highly successful public speaker. A former acupuncturist and clinician (primarily to inner city adolescents), he has also been a consultant to the Massachusetts State Department of Public Health and several non-profit organizations. He is an accomplished musician, actor and playwright, 5 of which have been produced. Durham has been frequently featured on the website of the Savage Nation: Michael Savage.Com, and continues to follow the ominous problems threatening our borders, language and culture.

WEBCommentary.com is produced by: Webster-Design


6 posted on 03/31/2008 9:29:51 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Resolute Conservative

You mean to say they were born that way? Where have we heard that argument before?


7 posted on 03/31/2008 9:31:51 AM PDT by fella (Is he al-taquiya or is he murtadd? Only his iman knows for sure.)
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To: dvan

Where is the link?


8 posted on 03/31/2008 9:32:39 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE (Still old, still crabby and still resisting CHANGE.)
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To: dvan

this psychiatrist is probably just miffed he isn’t a superdelegate..


9 posted on 03/31/2008 9:32:51 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: P8riot

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


10 posted on 03/31/2008 9:33:21 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: dvan
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.”

Say it isn't so?! Next this lunatic will say global warming is a scam without real scientific foundation. /sarc

11 posted on 03/31/2008 9:33:31 AM PDT by Red6 (Come and take it.)
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To: fella
Well, everyone is born that way, helpless, crying for someone to take care of them and unconcerned with consequences or cost to others. It's called childhood. But then we grow out of it. Those who don't, I'd say, suffer from arrested development.
12 posted on 03/31/2008 9:34:15 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: dvan

I guess this psychiatrist won’t be getting the full hour on 60 Minutes.


13 posted on 03/31/2008 9:35:27 AM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: dvan

http://infidelsarecool.com/2008/02/16/acclaimed-veteran-psychiatrist-says-liberalism-is-a-mental-disorder/


14 posted on 03/31/2008 9:35:55 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: dvan

Eric Hofer Identified it first in his book “The True Believer”


15 posted on 03/31/2008 9:37:42 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


16 posted on 03/31/2008 9:38:15 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Yep....nothing new here.


17 posted on 03/31/2008 9:41:14 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Liberalism......it's what's for dinner (on Mars)!)
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To: dvan

Now he’ll be charged with a ‘hate’ crime.


18 posted on 03/31/2008 9:41:37 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: dvan

Finally a phycologist that makes sense and tells it like it is. Truly surprising. Hurray for Dr. Rossiter.


19 posted on 03/31/2008 9:42:15 AM PDT by janeliberty
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To: dvan

Haha - nice catch!

How appropos his book has just come out - perhaps he is looking at an early retirement?

Still, no matter his agenda, he may be on to something.


20 posted on 03/31/2008 9:44:36 AM PDT by imintrouble
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To: dvan

Must be retiring, and actually fears for his country enough to pop up above the PC radar. Good, but way late. Adult child, cognitive dissonance, Marxist, neoliberal...same game, different name, all bad.


21 posted on 03/31/2008 9:47:18 AM PDT by polymuser (Those who believe in something eventually prevail over those who believe in nothing.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

It’s a sickness. They can’t help it. Therefore we should form some sort of government program to deal with it./sarc


22 posted on 03/31/2008 9:47:52 AM PDT by lakeman
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To: EarthBound

Our good friend Mr. James needs a handle on this forum so we can share information with him.


23 posted on 03/31/2008 9:47:56 AM PDT by MacDorcha (Arm yourself!)
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To: lakeman

Lobotomies and electroshock all around! :)


24 posted on 03/31/2008 9:49:04 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: dvan
Seeing as how liberals already trotted out their psycho-babbling quack to declare that conservatives are mentally ill, I think this is fair.

I think of liberal left-wingism as more of a cult than a mental illness. Even relatively sane people can get sucked into it, because it plays on one of the most basic human needs: to feel important, or even superior. Liberals get together and praise each other on how smart and morally righteous they are. They don't actually have to do anything to earn that status; a liberal thinks that other liberals are geniuses merely by the fact that they are liberal. Conservatives, however, are quite capable of viewing each other as idiots. That's because conservatism is a truism like "the sky is blue". It doesn't take a genius to see that the sky is blue and it doesn't take a genius to see that abortion kills a child, for instance. So you get no credit for seeing what is considered a basic truth.

Imagine the choice that a young person has: 1) be a conservative and have to pull your own weight and make it on your own merit, getting only praise that you earn (not to mention being vilified by your teachers, the press, etc.) OR 2) be a liberal and get showered with praise and respect by the other members of the cult, members of the media, and all academia merely by kissing the ring of liberalism. It's very seductive. But then, the devil always is.
25 posted on 03/31/2008 9:49:12 AM PDT by fr_freak (So foul a sky clears not without a storm)
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To: dvan

Don’t you just love it?

To bad there is no cure.

Maturing and accepting fact, context, and history as relevant to the issues of our day basically blows liberalism out of the water. I find most Liberal ideology is based on feelings and emotions, and not the aforementioned parameters.


26 posted on 03/31/2008 9:51:28 AM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: dvan

Late to the game. Savage has been doing this schtick for many years. Psychology is not a scinece.


27 posted on 03/31/2008 9:53:05 AM PDT by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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To: dvan
I was hoping to go to B&N and see what dirty looks I could get from ordering this. Their website shows no inventory.

It also shows published in October 2006. What the heck took so long for this to be recognized? Are there 12 copies and one of them finally made it into someone's hands that could trumpet it?

28 posted on 03/31/2008 9:56:36 AM PDT by Chipper
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To: All

Liberals are always looking for another illness to get them off the responsibility rollercoaster - just think how many would love to cash in on this lifetime disability?


29 posted on 03/31/2008 9:56:48 AM PDT by imintrouble
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To: fella
You mean to say they were born that way? Where have we heard that argument before?

Cure: Lobotomy

30 posted on 03/31/2008 9:57:41 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: KeyLargo

Thanks


31 posted on 03/31/2008 9:59:35 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: Bitsy

they could go to one of the states that still allows the barbaric practice of electroshock therapy.....


32 posted on 03/31/2008 10:02:06 AM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: lakeman
It’s a sickness. They can’t help it. Therefore we should form some sort of government program to deal with it.

Of course we should establish a free government program for these unfortunates. We can offer free Lobotomies with the united health care plan and then they would never have to worry their little sick minds with global warming, pollution, black holes, hate crime, the great right wing conspirators, Rush, religious right, abortion, work ethics, or ethics of any kind. Gosh, what a relief!

33 posted on 03/31/2008 10:07:25 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: dvan

Great link on the subject

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c


34 posted on 03/31/2008 10:16:53 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: dvan

This is dangerous. The Communists used to call dissenters mentally “imbalanced” and sent them to “re education” camps.

Let not do this to the political left or start down this road.


35 posted on 03/31/2008 10:33:48 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush in 2008, they have nothing else. Mark my words.)
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To: dvan

This is dangerous. The Communists used to call dissenters mentally “imbalanced” and sent them to “re education” camps.

Let not do this to the political left or start down this road.


36 posted on 03/31/2008 10:34:13 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush in 2008, they have nothing else. Mark my words.)
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To: dvan

I have often wondered what the results would be if liberals were given a pysch eval test.


37 posted on 03/31/2008 10:43:10 AM PDT by stockpirate (McCain, Hillery with a war record. Time to run a 3rd party conservative for POTUS!)
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To: Resolute Conservative
Lobotomies and electroshock all around!

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.

38 posted on 03/31/2008 10:45:50 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Do we want Huma answering the White House phone at 3:00 AM?)
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To: dvan

No source... I sense this thread will get pulled.


39 posted on 03/31/2008 10:48:33 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: KeyLargo
If previous Savage comments/posts are any indication, prepare yourself for a massive onslaught of angry responses. There two things many on this otherwise conservative site seem to despise: Evangelical Christianity and its necessary implications, and Michael Savage. Moving on to your comments...

It seems the same thing that "grabbed" you about Savage grabbed me also. He often hits the bullseye others seemingly don't even know is there. Example: Marijuana. He's the only one in the media I've heard spell out the neuropsychotic dangers of Marijuana. Let's go over your list again:

He was right on the Dubai Ports debacle.

He was right on Immigration Reform.

He was right on the Nifong/Duke Lacrosse case, particularly now that the creature that falsely reported a crime is still free and not behind bars.

And, most recently, he was right about the 3Com Corporation sale to China that just fell through due to “political pressure from Washington”.

As you say, he's got the ability to hold your attention on the mundane everyday stuff as well. I love listening to him EXCEPT...

When he himself gets psychotic and abusive with callers. I find no excuse for mistreating others the way he does. I just turn the channel. It's a big problem for him. FYI, although he's accurate on many things, he's off the mark on many economic/free market issues and I think his grasp of the nonpolitical role of the Judicial Branch of government is weak.

Enjoyed your comments.

40 posted on 03/31/2008 10:52:08 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: bolobaby; dvan
Here's a source
41 posted on 03/31/2008 10:55:02 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Do we want Huma answering the White House phone at 3:00 AM?)
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To: dvan

The good Doctor nails it.


42 posted on 03/31/2008 11:05:11 AM PDT by wjcsux (Islam: The religion of choice for those who are too stupid for Scientology)
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To: dvan

Liberalism is very dangerous because it manifests itself in ways that are very destructive to America.


43 posted on 03/31/2008 11:09:01 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: dvan

BTTT


44 posted on 03/31/2008 11:58:45 AM PDT by Codeflier (No way in Hell I will vote for McCain - under any circumstance imaginable!)
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To: RINOH8TR

This is turning out to be an outstanding thread! The first step to cure is to acknowledge the disease.


46 posted on 03/31/2008 3:16:31 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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