by Patricia L. Dickson 3/5/16
It appears that Donald Trump is already creating new jobs in the field of psychology. He is at least improving the economy in the D.C., area with patients visiting their therapists more often due to experiencing a new source of stress because of the political rise of Donald Trump. According to an article in theWashington Post, psychologists in the D.C. area catalogue the anxieties felt by their patients and describe how they whine at length about being disturbed by the things that Trump says:
What had happened to Trump during his childhood, the patient wanted to know, to make him such a “bad person?”
He has stirred people up,” Howard said. “We’ve been told our whole lives not to say bad things about people, to not be bullies, to not ostracize people based on their skin color. We have these social mores and he breaks all of them and he’s successful. And people are wondering how he gets away with it.”
Type “Trump” and phrases such as “scaring me” or “freaking me out” into Twitter’s search engine, and a litany of tweets unfurl, including one posted two weeks ago by Emma Taylor as she lay in bed in Los Angeles: “I literally can’t sleep because I just thought about how Trump may actually win the Presidency and now I’m having a panic attack.”
“It’s like a hurricane is coming at us, and I don’t have any way of knowing which way to go or how to combat it,” Taylor, 27, a Democrat, said in a phone interview. “He’s extremely reactionary and that’s what scares me the most. I feel totally powerless and it’s horrible.”
Therapists in New York City’s Upper West Side are also reporting an uptick in references of Trump from patients:
Judith Schweiger Levy, a psychologist in the neighborhood, has noticed a recent uptick in Trump references among her patients, including a middle-aged businesswoman who blurted out this week that her sister is supporting the billionaire.
“She was so upset and worried that she could have a sister – someone so close to her – who would have zero problem with Trump,” Levy said. “Another patient – also a woman – all she could talk about was Trump and how he’s crazy and frightening.”
Ruminating on Trump’s effect, Levy said, “Part of the reason he makes people so anxious is that he has no anxiety himself. It’s frightening. I’m starting to feel anxious just talking about him.”
How is it that grown people are so weak and anxious that they have to seek therapy because big bad Trump is saying bad things? America is turning into a society that is producing effeminate Pajama Boy men and emotionally fragile women who run to therapists crying “mommy please make the bad man go away.” Trump has become a big bad bully from the playground to these weak people.[pullquote]”I literally can’t sleep because I just thought about how Trump may actually win the Presidency and now I’m having a panic attack.”[/pullquote]
According to the same article, after Trump’s victories on Super Tuesday, Google recorded a 350-percent increase in users submitting the question “How can I move to Canada?” A radio disc jockey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, has decided to tap into the fears by launching a website inviting Americans to relocate if Trump wins. Over several weeks, some 400,000 visitors have checked out Cape Breton’s official website.
Psychologists report that their patients fear Trump’s supporters more than they do him:
Dan Seely, 86, who lives in New Hampshire, was a Republican in those days. He voted for Johnson because he feared Goldwater.
Seely, now a Democrat, is more afraid of Trump because he believes the billionaire has captivated the public in a way that Goldwater never did. “I see his signs on their front lawns,” he said. “It makes me wonder who these people are that they think he can be a suitable leader of the free world.”
Ken Goldstein, a Los Angeles-based author and businessman who is a Democrat, recalled meeting with a business associate recently and feeling astounded when the man said he thought Trump would “be great for America.”
“You just realize you have nothing more to say to that person,” he said.
Goldstein finds small comfort imagining Trump’s defeat, if only because his followers “are still there.”
“Who are these people?” he asked. “Are they at the grocery store, are they sitting next to me at Dodger Stadium? That makes me nervous.”
Since I am a Trump supporter, I would love to meet some of these fragile people. I would walk up behind them and say, Boo. That would probably send them over the edge. If grown people are sent running to psychologists simply because of harsh words, no wonder our college kids are whining about hurt feelings and demanding safe spaces.
Patricia Dickson blogs at Patricia’s Corner.
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