Skip to comments.Weiner’s Behavior Prompts a Question: Why Did He Do It?
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.
Its 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 its so incompatible with major responsibility, that the psychological puzzle is not only to find out why hes doing the particular behavior, but why somebody would be functioning at such an uneven level.
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simple: an adult life of entitlement.
He’s a psychopath. He thinks he’s the only real person on the universe.
Because he could. Silly question from the unwashed masses.
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.
Same reason that millions upon millions of men in America watch porn...sex addicted!
He’s a Democrat, it’s in his DNA
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.
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.
Triple A? I did not know he was a car enthusiast?
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.
He is one sick puppy?
well the dirty secret is that we’re all sick puppies, but not all sick in the way weiner is sick.
This a real possiblity.
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.”
He has a teenie weenie?
Inferiority complex might have a basis in fact.
Because he’s a disgusting pervert?
He took those pictures because he wanted to expose people to a different point of view. It’s what progressives do.
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.
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.”
It's about being as audacious as you can, to see just what you can get away with.
He will be a case study.
Both psychological an political.
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.
Officer Krupke, he shouldnt be here.
Ziss boy dont need a couch,
He needs a useful career!
Societys played him a terrible trick,
Und sociologically hes sick!
Do not forget spiritual or this is like looking at a multi colored picture under monochromatic light....
Were no good, were no good,
Were no earthly good,
Like the best of us is no damn good!
Weiner is only a little bit whackier than many New York City types, the place breeds them, attracts them and concentrates them.
Astonishing from The NYT.
65,000,000 0bama voters’ behavior last November prompts the same question.
He’s a psycho and he’s a democrat.
But I repeat myself.
Why is it my responsibility to care why he did it? I don’t. That he did what he did speaks for itself.
(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....”
“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.
Strong impulses, an inability to control them, and no appropriate outlet for them?
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.
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.
Little Anthony’s Weiner.
Little Anthony’s Imperial Weiner!
“As a health professional you can spot that Weiner has some psychological problems causing him to do what he is doing.”
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.
Until we put ourselves into God’s hands... yup
(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.)
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)
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.
Because he is a perv.
Because Weiners are full of pervervatives.