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Weiner’s Behavior Prompts a Question: Why Did He Do It?
NY Times ^ | July 29, 2013 | KATE TAYLOR and JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ

Posted on 07/30/2013 8:07:23 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

As Anthony D. Weiner tries to repair the damage left by new revelations about his online behavior with women, one question nags at voters and those who once supported him: Why did he do it?

Why did Mr. Weiner, who already forfeited his Congressional seat and imperiled his marriage, return to social media sites and send explicit messages and photos to strangers? Did he discount the risks to his family, his reputation and his career, or not understand them?

His pattern of behavior is intriguing to mental health professionals and experts on sexual behavior, who — while they emphasize they cannot offer an authoritative diagnosis without examining him — discussed a variety of possible explanations for such conduct.

Some suggested the indiscretions might be an addiction with neurological roots. Others theorized that Mr. Weiner, a Democratic candidate for mayor of New York, could be meeting sexual needs unsatisfied in a marriage. And still others said he might be driven by a combination of a mood disorder and feelings of inadequacy to seek reassurance about his masculinity from women he had never met.

How an accomplished adult could continually engage in such behavior and believe that he would not be caught would be a central question in any diagnosis, said Dr. Richard C. Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

“It’s almost as if a little child were playing at being a politician and trying to hide something,” Dr. Friedman said. “The level of denial is so great, and it’s so incompatible with major responsibility, that the psychological puzzle is not only to find out why he’s doing the particular behavior, but why somebody would be functioning at such an uneven level.”

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1 posted on 07/30/2013 8:07:23 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

simple: an adult life of entitlement.


2 posted on 07/30/2013 8:08:10 PM PDT by llevrok (The Constitution is not written in cursive)
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To: Second Amendment First

He’s a psychopath. He thinks he’s the only real person on the universe.


3 posted on 07/30/2013 8:08:54 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Second Amendment First
Because he's utterly devoid of conscience.C’mon,boys and girls...you've gotta make the questions tougher than this.
4 posted on 07/30/2013 8:10:53 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Because he could. Silly question from the unwashed masses.


5 posted on 07/30/2013 8:11:51 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The only growth industries left under Progressives are government and poverty.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Because he knows that low information voters will still vote for him? They don’t care about what he does as long as he keeps those freebies coming.


6 posted on 07/30/2013 8:12:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Let's make it our turn in 2014. Vote early and VOTE OFTEN.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Same reason that millions upon millions of men in America watch porn...sex addicted!


7 posted on 07/30/2013 8:13:37 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: Second Amendment First

He’s a Democrat, it’s in his DNA


8 posted on 07/30/2013 8:14:04 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Second Amendment First

Weiner’s career has so far been bouncing around from double-A to triple-A and back down again. He knows what it what it would take, he sees things like homicide while drunk, pages, cigars and lying under oath about sex. He thinks its now his big chance to join the ‘Rats Team up in the Major’s. He wants to be in The Show.


9 posted on 07/30/2013 8:15:17 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Second Amendment First

Psychology can tell us next to nothing without bringing spirituality into consideration and that involves things that are more subtle than explicit religions (though religions do deal with spiritual matters to various scopes... I claim Christianity to be a full-scope system for dealing with spiritual matters in interest of full disclosure).

There’s evil here and there’s also lostness here. The pieces of what had been a man but got discombobulated in various ways at the Fall.


10 posted on 07/30/2013 8:16:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: C210N

Triple A? I did not know he was a car enthusiast?


11 posted on 07/30/2013 8:16:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Why shouldn’t he do it?

No one is holding him accountable, so why not?

If this is the way women like to be treated, then treat them that way.


12 posted on 07/30/2013 8:17:28 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Second Amendment First

He is one sick puppy?


13 posted on 07/30/2013 8:17:42 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

well the dirty secret is that we’re all sick puppies, but not all sick in the way weiner is sick.


14 posted on 07/30/2013 8:19:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First
BECAUSE HE IS A PERVERT!


15 posted on 07/30/2013 8:21:19 PM PDT by South40
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To: Second Amendment First
could be meeting sexual needs unsatisfied in a marriage

This a real possiblity.

16 posted on 07/30/2013 8:22:35 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: Second Amendment First

His compulsion to have this behavior is strong as he is smart enough to know his entire present and future could be destroyed, yet he did it anyway as he did it before and suffered consequences. He needs to have serious mental help and that may not work, either, as it didn’t the last time. I suspect he is in denial of how serious his problem is.

One would think he wouldn’t want to show his face in public but what is he doing? Out there in the public everyday - “See me, here I am.”


17 posted on 07/30/2013 8:22:41 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: BenLurkin
He is one sick puppy?

He has a teenie weenie?

Inferiority complex might have a basis in fact.

18 posted on 07/30/2013 8:22:54 PM PDT by lightman (Prosecute the heresies; pity the heretics.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Because he’s a disgusting pervert?


19 posted on 07/30/2013 8:23:08 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Second Amendment First

He took those pictures because he wanted to expose people to a different point of view. It’s what progressives do.


20 posted on 07/30/2013 8:25:09 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Second Amendment First

By saying the dude is “sick” in whatever form you express it, you are handing him an excuse, and committing yourself to admitting that “he’s been cured” once he takes that way out, signs on for 3 weeks to the Betty Ford Clinic, or wherever, and comes out claiming he’s “cured”. In fact, a million people are doing what Danger’s been doing, they’re perfectly normal by today’s standards, only that they don’t run for public office.


21 posted on 07/30/2013 8:25:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: razorback-bert

Genital mutilation?


22 posted on 07/30/2013 8:26:26 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Arthurio

Well yes he is, however the notable thing is that people are trying to delve into the issue of “why is a pervert a pervert?”

It may sound like so much cant to many people to hear this, but God did furnish a revelation sufficient to understand in principle why, and also sufficient to show the way to get made whole again which when seriously undertaken will show the individual places where mending is needed to become whole and will furnish the unifying power. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of salvation, both to the Jew and to the ‘Greek’.” “Unite my heart to fear Thy name.”


23 posted on 07/30/2013 8:27:09 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First
For the same reason that he first insisted that the Clinton administration did not trash the White House, and demanded that President Bush show proof that it happened or shut up about it.

It's about being as audacious as you can, to see just what you can get away with.

-PJ

24 posted on 07/30/2013 8:28:02 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Marcella

He will be a case study.

Both psychological an political.


25 posted on 07/30/2013 8:28:32 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Revolting cat!

Until you actually come to know a refuge of healing that is more specific than 12-step groups, please try not to spout too much damnation. We are ALL sick puppies and the bible uses that very term, sick.


26 posted on 07/30/2013 8:28:47 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Officer Krupke, he shouldn’t be here.
Ziss boy don’t need a couch,
He needs a useful career!
Society’s played him a terrible trick,
Und sociologically he’s sick!


27 posted on 07/30/2013 8:33:03 PM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Second Amendment First

Do not forget spiritual or this is like looking at a multi colored picture under monochromatic light....


28 posted on 07/30/2013 8:33:56 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

We’re no good, we’re no good,
We’re no earthly good,
Like the best of us is no damn good!


29 posted on 07/30/2013 8:38:09 PM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Second Amendment First

Weiner is only a little bit whackier than many New York City types, the place breeds them, attracts them and concentrates them.


30 posted on 07/30/2013 8:50:04 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Second Amendment First
Mr. Weiner, a Democratic candidate for mayor....

Astonishing from The NYT.

31 posted on 07/30/2013 8:50:23 PM PDT by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: Second Amendment First

65,000,000 0bama voters’ behavior last November prompts the same question.


32 posted on 07/30/2013 8:51:26 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: Second Amendment First

He’s a psycho and he’s a democrat.

But I repeat myself.


33 posted on 07/30/2013 8:54:47 PM PDT by Iron Munro (They Old. That's Old School People. We In A New School, Our Generation)
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To: Second Amendment First

Why is it my responsibility to care why he did it? I don’t. That he did what he did speaks for itself.


34 posted on 07/30/2013 8:55:49 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Both parties are trying to elect a new PEOPLE.)
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To: Second Amendment First

(In a sniveling Weiner voice)

“You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it....”


35 posted on 07/30/2013 8:56:09 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Marcella

“His compulsion to have this behavior is strong as he is smart enough to know his entire present and future could be destroyed, yet he did it anyway as he did it before and suffered consequences.”

Definitely, but that is kind of the norm with compulsive or addictive behavior, isn’t it? Smokers know that smoking will kill them, but they do it anyway. A child molester released from jail knows that if they molest again, they’ll probably end up right back in jail, but they do it anyway. If the urge is strong enough, future negative consequences aren’t enough to dissuade someone.


36 posted on 07/30/2013 8:56:48 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Second Amendment First

Strong impulses, an inability to control them, and no appropriate outlet for them?


37 posted on 07/30/2013 9:02:39 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: Second Amendment First

As a health professional you can spot that Weiner has some psychological problems causing him to do what he is doing. He is a middle son. Middle sons typically vie for attention, not always, but typically. Combine this with a little bitter cruelty symptom and you have Anthony Weiner. Did you watch any of his interviews? He was always talking over his interviewers to keep the attention focused on him, and he was always abusively immature. I suspect as well that his sex life with Huma is rather milque toast at best ...she’s not interested in sex with him, she’s interested in a political marriage for obvious reasons—what a coup it would be for her to become first lady of NYC and possibly in the future, with the Clinton’s help, the White House. I suspect these virtual sexual fantasy games he’s playing not only satisfy his need for childish attention, but also satisfy his ego and allows him to dominate his fairer partner like a he-man. What he’s doing is not ‘of evil’; however it does show a childish mentality, not capable of responsible decisions. And of course shows that he has no ethics or strength of character.


38 posted on 07/30/2013 9:19:00 PM PDT by Ms. Blunt
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To: Ms. Blunt

Interesting insights. Did you read Olivia Nuzzi’s article in the Daily News about her time as a Weiner campaign intern? There is another thread about it, but here’s a direct link. In it she describes how Carlos gathered all 20 of his staffers, asked each his or her name claiming that he could remember them all, then not being able to identify a single one (calling two of the girls ‘Monica’!) before giving up and walking away. A comical scene. I wonder what you think about it.

I think, that whatever his psycho problems, he was in that instance showing off, trying to imitate his hero Bill Clinton, who, I suspect, would succeed playing a similar game.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/intern-reveals-reasons-joining-weiner-campaign-article-1.1412272


39 posted on 07/30/2013 9:28:29 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: lightman

Little Anthony’s Weiner.


40 posted on 07/30/2013 9:29:12 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

Little Anthony’s Imperial Weiner!


41 posted on 07/30/2013 9:30:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Ms. Blunt

“As a health professional you can spot that Weiner has some psychological problems causing him to do what he is doing.”

OK Maam,

Next in line for analysis after A Wiener is...
E. Spitzer, then
Bubba Klintoon, then
Tip O’Neill, then

well, you get the picture, entitled liberals. Whatever they want, they believe they’re entitled to it.

Hey, better put some ice on that.


42 posted on 07/30/2013 9:38:15 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: HomeAtLast

Until we put ourselves into God’s hands... yup


43 posted on 07/30/2013 10:54:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: HomeAtLast

(since our greatest virtue then only serves nothing with a firmer anchor than our own drifting selves... nice words like “good, moral” can forever be mustered to whitewash this rickety wall but in the end all need an eternal anchor and all have deserted it. it’s just that cases like weiner highlight the problem so starkly it can’t be ignored even by cynical, jaded us.)


44 posted on 07/30/2013 10:59:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: HomeAtLast

without God, all we are is duuuuuust in the winnnnnnnd... (to borrow a hippie era song for something that it probably was never meant to illustrate but manages to do so quite neatly)


45 posted on 07/30/2013 11:03:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First
His pattern of behavior is intriguing to mental health professionals and experts on sexual behavior, who — while they emphasize they cannot offer an authoritative diagnosis without examining him — discussed a variety of possible explanations for such conduct.

NOT intriguing at all.

No more than the go for broke gambler.

Weiner is is sociopath. Rules are made for others.

Weiner delights in high risk. He thinks he can get way with everything. There's always tomorrow and always more lies to smooth his way out of his self-created mess.

47 posted on 07/31/2013 2:06:17 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Because he is a perv.


48 posted on 07/31/2013 4:18:32 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Second Amendment First

Because Weiners are full of pervervatives.


49 posted on 07/31/2013 4:28:42 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Second Amendment First

50 posted on 07/31/2013 4:30:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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