Freud, Kr­ishna and All the Pres­i­dent’s Mein

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While lin­guists are still try­ing to fig­ure out the mean­ing of the word ‘cov­fefe’ that US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump used in a late-night tweet a while ago, psy­cho­log­i­cal an­a­lysts are moot­ing al­low­ing mem­bers of their pro­fes­sion to pub­licly com­ment on the men­tal equi­lib­rium of the Pres­i­dent. The 3,500mem­ber Amer­i­can Psy­cho­an­a­lytic As­so­ci­a­tion (APA) has sus­pended an un­writ­ten rule that restricted psy­chi­a­trists from pro­nounc­ing on pub­lic fig­ures. Ex­plain­ing why the rule was be­ing re­scinded, the APA pres­i­dent said it was be­cause ‘Trump’s be­hav­iour is so dif­fer­ent from any­thing we’ve seen be­fore’. What with vi­cious in­fight­ing among his staff and his plan to scut­tle ‘Oba­macare’ stalled, Potus might well be in need of coun­selling on the as­sump­tion that when your id is at odds, a Freud in need is a Freud in­deed. The pres­i­dent has an­other op­tion: the Bha­gavad Gita. In­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (IMA) pres­i­dent Dr K K Agar­wal claims Lord Kr­ishna be­came the world’s first psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­sel­lor when he treated Ar­juna to an18-session ther­apy course be­fore the con­fronta­tion with the Kau­ravas. Not a few of our own ne­tas, en­tan­gled in scams and im­broglios of var­i­ous kinds, might also ben­e­fit from a sim­i­lar ex­er­cise. How­ever, Kr­ishna him­self might well have baulked when faced not by a Ku­ruk­shetra but a ver­i­ta­ble Crook-shetra.

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