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Trump on the Couch

Inside the Mind of the President
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A full psychoanalytic portrait of President Donald Trump by the New York Times best-selling author of Bush on the Couch and Obama on the Couch.

No president in the history of the United States has inspired more alarm and confusion than Donald Trump. Questions and concerns about his decisions, his behavior, and his qualifications for office only seem to multiply with time. How can he behave so callously and irresponsibly? Does he pose a true danger to our country? How could he even have been elected? 

In answer, noted psychoanalyst Justin A. Frank takes a deep dive into the psyche of our president. Using observations gained from a close study of Trump's patterns of thought, action, and communication, Dr. Frank gives us a full portrait of the personality we saw on display during his remarkable campaign and helps us understand what has driven the decision-making during his first years in office. The result is filled with important revelations about our nation's leader and disturbing insights into his childhood, his family, his business dealings, and his unusual relationship with alternative facts, including how:

  • The absence of a strong maternal force during childhood has led to Trump's remarkable lack of empathy and disregard for women's boundaries (as well as his unusual hairstyle);
  • His compulsion to polarize America has grown out of the way he perceives the world as full of deceitful and destructive persecutors;
  • His inability to tolerate the pain of frustration has triggered his belief that omnipotence will finally remove it;
  • His idiosyncratic use of language points to larger issues than even his tweets might suggest.  

With Dr. Frank's penetrating examination of how we as a nation got here and, more importantly, where we are going, Trump on the Couch offers a candid assessment of the man who is arguably the most psychologically damaged president we have yet had.

©2018 Justin A. Frank (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"I've known Trump a long time and I have even tried my own hand at psychoanalyzing him on television. But, Dr. Frank has shown a more complete picture inside our 45th President's mind than I ever dared to consider. Behind all Trump's tough guy theatrics, his petty cruelties and bloated ego is a tangled knot of pathologies that should terrify us all. Trump on the Couch is a great first step to sizing up the President's inner demons.” (Donny Deutsch, cohost on MSNBC’s Morning Joe)

"Trump on the Couch has spared me the extra grief of hoping against hope that our President will change. Dr. Frank’s analysis helps explain the genesis of Trump’s bullying, cruelty, dismissiveness, sexism, sadism, narcissism and more to help us understand that very sick man. Now I can brace myself in a more efficient way - not teetering between disbelief and denial but accepting what is, and continuing to resist." (Joan Baez) 

“A breathtaking book! While I have maintained that a full psychological analysis is not possible from a distance, Dr. Frank has convinced me that there can be an exception. A rare convergence of top-tier clinical prowess and rigorous research into high-quality data, Trump on the Couch is thoughtful, accurate, and responsibly informative in ways that make it a great public service - critical for our time.” (Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv, Yale psychiatrist, expert on violence, and editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

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  • Mary526
  • 19-10-2018

What an Eye Opener!!

I’ve read quite a few books about Trump and this one is by far, the best. The author brought up ideas and thoughts that got to the bottom of Trump’s psyche. I would recommend this book for required reading for every American citizen. I now better understand just what we are dealing with with this deeply disturbed man, who is making a mess of our country!!

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  • Greb
  • 02-02-2019

Too deep for no depth

Amazing research and good for introspective, but Trump is one-dimensional and not worth the verbiage used in the book.

One of the biggest futile attempts at making that dog look human.

Trump should live and die as the pebble in the shoe he has always been.

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  • Laura Seche
  • 19-03-2019

Good book

Like a child I do wish he gave us answers to what do we do now?

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  • Lowball
  • 17-03-2019

Witten like an intelligence report

I was happy to learn this is not an isolated attempt at psycho-analyzing a president. Justin Frank writes a clear and understandable description of the adult Donald Trump's actions and desires based on his childhood and family relations. Much of his puzzling politics is made crystal clear. A fun read you won't want to put down.

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  • Leah Carol Walter
  • 27-12-2018

This book helped me make sense of it all.

My profession was in Psychiatry though now I am retired. I felt sure there was information in Trump's history that would help me understand at least some things about him., The author, Justin A Frank MD, did a lot of research about Trump's entire life. He clearly presents, based on the studies in the field of Psychology, some of the "cause and effect" things that are happening every day that bring chaos, pain and worry to the nation. Trump's actions, even the ones he takes that hurt him, come from the core of him. And if you have information about the core of him, how he was raised, how he related to his siblings, how his parents treated him and much more, it gives some explanations for the choices he makes. Dr Frank studied Trump's entire life. He interviewed people whose lives touched his. The information presented here helps me make some sense of our lives. I highly recommend this book.

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  • HT
  • 18-11-2018

Okay book

It was an okay book. The parts about Trump’s childhood was interesting, but the rest of the book one could have easily figured out by Trump’s actions as seen in the media.

Narration could have been better. It was obvious that the narrator significantly hesitated before or after speaking some words (most were easy words and seemed like the narrator was putting emphasis on punctuation); which made it feel like a jerky, not smooth, narration.

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  • PDT
  • 10-02-2019

Truly powerful!

A detailed analysis of the president's life, from his childhood experiences, to his actions and decisions made as the 45th President.
Also a good reference tool for self analysis.
Highly recommended!

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  • William R. Toddmancillas
  • 05-01-2019

Trump: A Potpourri of Mental Disorders

Narration: Clear and pacing is comfortable, which is necessary because some of the terms of art are new to most readers/listeners.

Content: Clear, informative, fascinating evidence based suppositions (assertions) for why Trump is as he is and why we need posthaste to remove him from office. As well, in my opinion, levy very, very substantial fines as well, enough to cover the costs of all the investigations undertaken to expose his criminal behavior.

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  • Maria Lum
  • 28-12-2018

Educational and Insightful

Intriguing and understandable in-depth observation and description of the psychological conundrum which creates the Trump enigma.

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  • Mark M
  • 28-12-2018

Time To Be Worried

Our 45th President is unhinged. If his Tweets are not enough to convince you, Dr. Frank's analysis will.

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