The Clintons Meet Freud: A Psychohistory of Bill, Hillary And Chelsea
Paul Lowinger, M. D.
Knoll Press, 2004 / $17.95 / 173 pages [amazon]
book is for anyone interested in the use of psychological analysis to
explain human behavior. The focus is on the Clinton’s but includes
a critique of the psychological state of the people in the United States
during the Clinton presidency, the decade of the 90’s.
The Clinton’s hidden emotions and secret motivations
are exposed in The Clintons Meet Freud by looking at their unconscious
minds. Bill’s infancy and childhood, his colorful mother, absent
father, alcoholic stepfather and his Arkansas milieu are considered.
Hillary’s suburban Illinois upbringing, demanding father and embittered
and passive mother are examined. The Clinton’s only child Chelsea
is described as depressed when she experiences frightening thoughts and
dreams in response to 9/11.
What others have to say about The Clintons Meet Freud …
“In the historical tradition of Freud and Erikson, Dr. Paul Lowinger
presents a fresh perspective on the Clintons and contemporary America...deftly
illustrating the interplay of the personal and the political, the psychological
and the sociological, and the family and society. The book’s timeliness,
accessibility and lively prose make it especially attractive...”
M. D., Professor of Psychiatry, State University of New York, Downstate
Medical Center, Brooklyn, N. Y.
“A penetrating study of the Clintons, spiced with psyches, sex
and political ambition...a series of informed and incisive comments
on the Clintons, still an important political family. Insights ... afford
some unusual answers.” -
Richard J. Kozicki, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Politics, University
of San Francisco
“...an impressive amount ot research into the ...Clinton family...a
lucid and original portrait...an accessible explanation of psychoanalysis...applied
to a well known group of individuals.” Astrid
Rusquellas, M. D., Berkeley, CA, Fellow of the Academy of Psychoanalysis
Excerpts from The Clinton’s Meet Freud:
Bill had hundreds of affairs “before turning forty” but
then he began a concerted effort to be faithful . . .This information
suggests to a psycho-historian that Bill began to have episodes of impotence
after forty . . .a punishment imposed by the superego or conscience
that he rationalized as moral improvement. This was part of a midlife
crisis that revived his childhood masturbation guilt with its castration
anxiety. . .Bill’s separation anxiety echoes as he says to Monica,
“Why do they have to take you away from me? I trust you so much.
Smoldering midlife crises can be fanned into flames by personal stress
like the death of Bill’s mother, Virginia, in January, 1994. .
.It was during this midlife crisis. . .that Bill acceded to the demands
for the appointment of a Special Counsel which led to the Whitewater
investigation and eventually to impeachment saying, “I did it
because I was exhausted and I had just buried my mother, and because
I had people at the White House who couldn’t stand the heat.”
. . .the defeat of the Clinton health care reform. . .involved the
complementary sadomasochism of both Hillary and Bill. . .Bill’s
mistake, the assignment of a doomed mission to Hillary lies in Bill’s
sadism and masochism . . .Hillary’s health plan failed by February,
1994. . .in December, 1993, the stories about the Arkansas state troopers’
procurement of women for Governor Bill began to appear and soon the
First Couple were barely speaking to each other. . .there were no arm-twisting
presidential phone calls to the Hill for Hillary’s health bill
. . . It was the masochistic Hillary who withdrew her failed health
plan from the Congress . . .
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