some interesting symptoms
I watched Mitt Romney give a speech at a rally and he spoke about the four dead in Bengazi. His facial expressions were bizarre and inappropriate. He said that the ambassador was "wonderful," then paused, looking for another, better word. He couldn't think of one, so he said it again, vacuously, "wonderful." Then, he smiled in a strange, even more inappropriate way, making a remark about a moment of silence that he didn't invoke.
Then, there's the way he keeps revising the truth, changing the narrative in distorted, dishonest way.
The first symptom-- inappropriate affect-- reminded me of when I worked as part of an emergency psychiatry team. Inappropriate affect was a common symptom of mental illness-- psychosis that would warrant involuntary psychiatric hospitalization.
That got me thinking. Another symptom was "confabulation" delusional ways of seeing. Freedictionary.com defines confabulation as:
"to fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts."
Now, I don't think Romney needs to be hospitalized involuntarily, but these symptoms do add to the concern I have when I think about Mitt Romney as president.
BTW, there IS another psychiatric category where you see inappropriate affect of a different sort-- sociopath, also called psychopath.
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