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Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President

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Even though he’s three years into his term as President, many Americans feel like they don’t know the “real” Barack Obama. From the idealistic campaigner who seemed to share our dreams, and who promised to fulfill our lofty expectations, to pragmatic politician who has repeatedly compromised on the promises of his campaign, it indeed seems as though there are two Obamas. W ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Free Press
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Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Frank makes a persuasive case that our president operates from a depressive psychological position and that most of his opposition operates from a paranoid-schizoid position. Which has the implication that he blames himself for failures and also literally cannot see the hatred others have for him. More convincing than Kloppenberg in assigning causality to Obama's conflict-avoidance to his not having seen healthy conflict-resolution modeled by his parents as a child. I wish Obama would read this ...more
Rafael Suleiman
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good examination of the mindset of the 44th President of the United States.
Beverly Ritz
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent insight on President Obama and his somewhat complicated life and upbringing. Obama's childhood appeared to be loving and well nurtured from his Mom (Stanley Ann Dunham) and grandparents. A relationship with his Kenyan father B. Obama, Sr. was almost non-existent. The main father-figure in his life was his grandfather (Stanley Dunham). At an early age, Obama was exposed to different cultures and grew up confident, adaptable and had a "winning" personality.

I read the companion book "Bus
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
First, the author is a neo-Freudian; the analysis may be marginally more scientific than original Freudianism, but only marginally so.

Second, a fair amount of the insight needs no special psychiatric skills, just a good general working knowledge of human nature.

Third, while the idea of Obama's "splitting" is good in general, and especially on racial issues, the idea that he's been "splitting" on socioeconomic issues has little political basis and plenty of political evide
Frank's "Bush on the Couch" was much better, but Obama, as Frank says, is essentially mentally healthy. Frank sees the major issue for Obama is the abandonment by his birth father, later his step-father, and then sort of his mother who sent him to live with his grandparents at age 10, while she stayed in Indonesia.
Ann Cardwell
Boring with one or two key insights
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