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Taylor, G.J. (2019). Some Comments on the Alternative Universe of the Trump Administration. Psychodyn. Psych., 47(2):149-165.

(2019). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 47(2):149-165

Some Comments on the Alternative Universe of the Trump Administration

Graeme J. Taylor, M.D.

The psychoanalytic concept of an “anal universe” is a type of alternative universe in which reality is denied and falsehood prevails. This essay demonstrates how this concept illuminates much of the confusion and distortion of truth generated by the Trump administration. The author comments on several behaviors of President Trump and his administration including perverse thinking and lying, mocking disabled people, demeaning women, labeling journalists as enemies of the people, encouraging regressive forces in groups, and promoting policies that cruelly affect immigrants and refugees. The author also comments on the primacy of the male phallus in American politics. He contrasts the spatial metaphor of an “anal universe,” where there is distortion of language and an absence of moral constraints and ethical principles, with the metaphor of a feminine psychic space, which enhances the capacity for symbolic thinking and the generation of creative ideas and solutions.

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