NOW FOR OUR VISITORS TO SEE HERE: #UNFIT FULL MOVIE 83 min: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DONALD TRUMP
For the first time, mental health professionals are getting on the map in a dazzling, science-based assessment of Donald J. Trump’s behavior and stability
In a new film unpacking Donald Trump’s psychology, author and psychologist John Gartner says the president is showing numerous signs of cognitive decline and is linked to serious concerns about Trump’s eligibility for the Oval Office.
“This is almost the kind of science fiction novel we’re living in today,” Gartner said in an exclusive excerpt from the documentary “Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump.”
“He’s cognitive decline,” said Gartner. “If you look at the interviews he gave in the eighties and nineties, he was very articulate. He actually had a very refined vocabulary. He spoke in really polished paragraphs. ”
Gartner placed clips from that era next to the way Trump speaks now.
His vocabulary has become impoverished; he uses a lot of superlatives and fillers that we see in people reaching for language, ”he said. “Very often he shows what we call tangential thinking, which is that he moves from one idea and then just drifts halfway through a sentence to another idea.”
Gartner, who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and taught in the psychiatry department of Johns Hopkins Medical School for nearly three decades, also refers to instances where the president has apparently been unable to recall fairly important events.
“Why is this important?” he asked. “We have someone who really doesn’t function cognitively and who has the capacity to launch the nuclear codes.”
Unfit explores numerous aspects of Trump’s psyche in consultation with mental health experts. The film was made in conjunction with Duty To Warn, a coalition of mental health professionals and others advocating for Trump’s dismissal on the grounds that he is psychologically unfit. Gartner was one of the founders of this group.
Armchair psychologists, along with real, long-time speculative diagnoses from the president have shared. One of the more recent examples is Trump’s own cousin Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, who provided more personal insight into what she considered Trump’s narcissistic tendencies in her book.
The ethics of analyzing Trump’s mental state has long been debated. Opponents say it creates stigma and, among other issues, violates the Goldwater Rule, an American Psychiatric Association ethical rule that prevents psychiatrists from expressing professional opinions about a public figure they have not researched. Others have argued that it is in the public interest to emphasize the roots of Trump’s actions in office.
Directed by Dan Partland, “Unfit” also features legal professionals, historians and prominent Republican anti-Trump figures, including Conservative attorney George Conway, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and Conservative commentator Bill Kristol.
#UNFIT is sharp, cohesive and enlightening, with alarming insights.
– Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
#UNFIT is a poignant documentary with fresh, astute nuances.
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety
CRITIC REVIEWS FOR #UNFIT: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DONALD TRUMP
Hopefully we care about these violations. Those who don’t won’t be moved by this movie. However, #Unfit successfully makes its argument as to why Trump’s psychological instability should be a concern for the public.
The illuminating film, more personal than political, argues that psychiatrists have a duty to speak out about the president’s more troubling behavior …
Despite its powerfully compelling and knowledgeable arguments, it is unfortunately unlikely that #Unfit… will change the mind of the roughly 35-40% of the population who look at the president’s behavior and apparently see nothing to worry about.
They look not only at the man himself, but also at the elements of an evil narcissist. Facts and examples of him displaying this behavior are presented.
#Unfit feels like a rational and powerful argument. But if it can deter a lot of people who are already against Trump, it doesn’t feel like it will change anyone’s opinion.