A PEP TALK FOR WRITERS, by Art Smukler, author and psychiatrist

Last night, Hillary Clinton said something on the Rachel Maddow Show that really struck a bell, more like a gong. She said, “I’m living rent free inside of Donald Trump’s brain, and it’s not a very nice place to be.”

Wow. For many of us, it’s just the opposite. The Liar In Chief, like an obsessive-compulsive-disorder, is living rent free in OUR brains.

So what does this have to do with writers?

Obsessions take up too much space. They stifle the creative process, and don’t allow for the tiny sprouts of new ideas to battle their way up from the darkness of our unconscious to the light of our computers. When the trillions of synapses in our brains are occupied 24/7 by injustice and greed, they short-out. Our ability to take the “road less traveled”, to ideas that we’ve never had, is severely limited.

Writing is our food and oxygen. Without it, we wither and gasp.

Take a Trump break.

Flush him.

If you can’t nourish yourself, you won’t have the strength to nourish others.

Write. Rewrite. Write!

A fully satiated writer has a better chance of going viral and winning back our democracy…

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.

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WHEN TRUMP DIES, WHERE WILL HIS SOUL GO? by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

I don’t believe in god or a higher power or that one religion is superior to another religion; so for me, the term soul is used in a philosophical manner.

What does the afterlife hold in store for a man who lies, cheats, boasts, enjoys prostitutes and says it’s not true, uses the US presidency to enhance his wealth, never served in his country’s military for a “trumped-up” reason, bullies and has a wife who runs an anti-bullying bullying campaign, pretends to win golf championships, name calls, colludes with autocrats from Russia and Saudi Arabia, is a bigot, a racist and the most narcissistic man to ever hold the office of POTUS.

Where does his soul go?

It goes to the gilded, empty, cold, Trump Tower, where everything a man touches turns to gold. No warmth, no love, no cookies and milk, no little puppies to lick your face, no fond memories of people you’ve loved and sacrificed for, no warm summer days where the balmy breeze tickles your face and blows your hair, no Snickers bars, no gentle caresses, no warm baths, no loving gazes, no sense that your life helped the needy and under-privileged… only ice-cold-gold.

Welcome to your future Mr. Trump.

Oh, and one more thing. There’s a thousand-foot-high-wall that surrounds your final condo resting place. It was built by all the money you stole from people who believed you were an honest man.

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WHAT’S THE SECRET REASON PEOPLE EITHER HATE OR LOVE TRUMP? Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

Like the main part of an iceberg, hidden from view under the dark icy water, our unconscious mind, hidden from consciousness by defenses like denial and repression, is the real bulwark behind our feelings and actions. Freud theorized that access to this powerful, yet unconscious force, can be reached through our dreams, slips of the tongue, symptoms like depression and anxiety, and subtle feelings and actions, that can give clues as to what’s really going on in our minds.

When Freud used psychoanalysis, a patient could let his mind wander and say whatever thoughts popped up in his head. One thing might lead to another and a patient would finally understand that his depression was triggered by an underlying anger toward a parent or a sibling that he was too ashamed or guilt-ridden to admit.

Trump’s lack of an editor, saying whatever he wants whenever he wants, is like watching someone on the psychoanalytic couch. We all watch him on national television lie, name-call, manipulate, bully, bribe, all with the purpose to gain enormous riches and more power.

Wouldn’t most of us want all that power?

Wouldn’t it be really cool to have a few billion dollars sitting in a hidden bank account and never having to disclose where the money came from? Maybe even Russia…

How about owning a bunch of hotels and mansions instead of always trying to negotiate a good rate at a hotel?

How about denying the truth and almost always getting away with it? I didn’t take the cookie! I paid all my taxes! Honest!

How about hiring someone to fix your house? If they don’t like not getting paid, too bad. They can sue!

And on and on…

The truth is that most of us still have feelings and desires that go all the way back to our childhood. BUT, as adults, these desires are tempered with a desire and a need to help others and be good people.

So what am I saying?

I’m saying that Trump’s impulsive, out-of-control behavior, and outlandish statements tap into our unconscious selfish feelings. By definition, unconscious means we don’t know what we’re feeling, so we react to Trump’s behavior with a bigger than life reaction.

Sadly, Trump is constrained by nothing!

He poops where he wants and listens to no one. A wild two-year-old is the leader of the free world. “I want what I want when I want it!”

Fourteen years ago, my grandson, then a two-year-old, was playing in the park with a bucketful of sand toys. Another little boy wanted to play with the toys, but my grandson made it clear that they were his toys and he didn’t want to share. I walked over to him and said, “How about sharing with this nice little boy?” My grandson, with a somewhat guilty expression, said, “Poppy. I’m sorry, but I’m not a good sharer.”

So, even a two-year-old can have feelings of guilt about not considering others. By the way, my grandson is now sixteen, and is one of the nicest most caring people you’d ever want to meet.

Maybe our president is emotionally just one-and-a-half years old…

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.

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THE BRILLIANT LESSON DONALD TRUMP TAUGHT US, by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

Who wouldn’t want 10 billion dollars?

I would. Then when the market tanked I’d still have a few billion left for coffee at Starbucks and gasoline, even if we dumped the immoral Saudis.

So what did the great man teach us? It is the same lesson that we were all taught as kids… Money can’t buy happiness or class.

To be frank, there were times I didn’t believe it, but I forgot two important facts. I’ve always had friends, and I never enjoyed hurting others. In fact, the value of helping others is often immeasurable.

Just look at the way other world leaders, including fellow United States Presidents, act around this man. They can barely hide their contempt. Let’s think about it. Contempt is a good word for someone who thinks he can bully and buy his way to respect and dignity. IT DOESN’T WORK.

I get it that in 2016 a third of our country was desperate for a change that would get them a decent wage and a means to support their families.

Well, what they got was a guy who only pretends to care about those who voted for him. Ask the working guy if the tax break helped. Ask GM workers if the job promise worked… Ask Dreamers if he helped them? Ask his good friends Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen how they feel about being threatened for telling the truth. And on and on…

But hopefully most of us still have what Donald Trump is incapable of having – good friends, dignity, and an approach to life that includes respect for others and the ability to share love.

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.

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REPUBLICAN SENATORS BELONG IN KENYA AND TANZANIA, by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

Every year 2 million wildebeests and 800,000 zebra and gazelles form a super herd and race 0ver 500 miles through Kenya — Masa Mara, and Tanzania, –Serengeti, in search of lush grass. They follow the rains. Each year 250,000 Wildebeests die from exhaustion, malnutrition or dehydration.

Soon over 50 Republican Senators can join the pilgrimage and follow their selfish, arrogant leader into oblivion. The more he panders himself to foreign despots who have given him billions of dollars, the more passive and stupid they have become.

Think about it. At least the almost 3 million African animals are in search of food and survival, a sort-of noble cause. The 50 Republican senators are in search of a smile from their lying, uneducated leader whose only object is to feed himself and his family more money at the expense of decency and logic.

The House of representatives have replaced 40 mindless Republicans. Soon many mindless Republican senators will be gone.

There is hope. It only takes a handful of men and women in the senate to change this craziness. We were born with brains. USE YOURS! DON’T BE A WILDEBEEST!

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.

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AN ORANGE JUMPSUIT WILL MATCH PERFECTLY WITH YOUR HAIR, by Art Smukler MD, author& psychiatrist

Rather than wait until your lies and manipulations are exposed, why not confess?
You’ll feel a lot better.

Get all that bilious hate out of your system.

Clean it out!

You’ll feel like a new man.

You won’t attack minorities.

You won’t attack women.

You won’t illegally try and influence the election.

You won’t use your office to take money illegally.

You won’t be reviled by poor people looking for a better life.

You’ll be at peace, in a cell, next to Bill Cosby. He’ll tell jokes and stories and you’ll laugh. Then you’ll have a nice meal, watch Fox news, and have a peaceful, honest-night’s sleep…

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.

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THE BLUE WAVE IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS. IT’S ABOUT GETTING RID OF A DISRESPECTFUL, SELF-CENTERED BULLY IN THE WHITE HOUSE, by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

Please forget politics.

Both red and blue parties have good points and bad points. The two-party system has been a mainstay of our country for over 200 years, but never have we endured the type of immaturity and lack of historical perspective that Trump eschews. He is a man who denies scientific fact and is a BLATANT LIAR. The fact that good, caring republicans support him is enabling this behavior. The Republican congress still can stand up and do something before citizens take to the streets, like back in the sixties during the Viet Nam war. We all knew that Nixon was a liar and WE DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Getting rid of Trump doesn’t mean that we get rid of conservative ideas. It means we don’t accept a liar who refuses to learn from history and only thinks of himself. President Obama made many mistakes during his two terms in the White House. But, no one ever accused him of not putting the country first. That’s what a president does.

Have you ever heard anyone say to their children, Trump is our president. Mommy and daddy want you start acting like a president — lie, cheat, call your friends names, have sex with other women when your wife is pregnant, don’t serve in the military, and don’t honor the dead if it’s raining outside…

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.

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POLITICS THE NEW WAY, by Art Smukler MD, psychiatrist

How many political beatings does it take before ethical politicians understand that the world as they know it has changed?

The last fiasco was Elizabeth Warren’s silly response to Trump’s challenge that she really didn’t have the DNA of an American Indian. Instead of doing the test and giving Trump the joy of saying, “who cares?” she could have psychologically taken him down. To take Trump literally is to attack him on his own turf — a BIG MISTAKE! He is an immature, misogynistic bully but a brilliant name-caller and a consummate liar.

Stormy Daniels is way on to him. She’s been around the block so many times she’d make Trump’s head spin. She called him TINY! That was brilliant. Tiny Trump is the little man in the White House. The little man with the baby ego who has to prove to the world what a big, smart boy he is.

The way I see it, it’s like what happened during the war for independence against Britain. The British lined up rows and rows of soldiers and our guys jumped out of trees, leaped out of bushes, and did what agile tactical soldiers do; they didn’t let an ancient way of doing battle defeat them. Winning the war called for a change in strategy.

If the democrats can’t change their strategy, they and all of us will lose. We watched horrified as Trump named-called every one of his Republican adversaries and won the nomination. What if Jeb Bush really fought back effectively and addressed Trump as Tiny Trump, the needy little man who lies, cheats and won’t show his taxes. Would you want this immature braggart as president! Today, Jeb might just be sitting in the Oval Office.

Please remember from many of my older posts. I am not anti-conservative. I am anti-lying, anti-disrespect for women, anti-LGBT attacks, pro-solving the immigrant issue with dignity and respect for families, and pro-respect for education and scientific facts.

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.

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GO HIGH WHEN THEY GO LOW? by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

Sorry, former 1st lady, who most certainly never intended this advice for the self-proclaimed genius in the White House. Go high when he goes low is like trying to reason with an Islamic terrorist after he cuts your head off.

And the Republican senators? A perfect example is Ted Cruz! He now supports Trump after Trump mercilessly attacked his wife and father. Voting for him is like voting for a whipped dog. The other silent puppies (senators) wait for their master to feed them whatever scraps he doesn’t finish at McDonalds.

It’s not about politics! Many of the Republican policy stances are just fine, even better than many liberal policies, it’s about respect, ethics, and regaining what America used to stand for— a free, mutually respectful environment, where there really are three bodies of government that work to balance the way our country runs.

I know that 1/3 of our nation LOVES Trump. Well, here’s one person out of the other 2/3 who is horrified by how crazy that 1/3 is for supporting a man who brags about sexually abusing women, cheats on his taxes, lies about his inheritance, mocks anyone who doesn’t agree with him, creates multi-national chaos, doesn’t believe in climate change, never accepts blame, and obviously enjoys humiliating others.

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.

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THE LITTLE MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

My best teachers and friends are people who listen and learn from what they hear, read and see. They are big enough to admit they might be wrong and big enough to correct any flawed thinking.

The biggest people are those who learn from their mistakes and are happy to adjust their minds to new ideas. Knowledge is a compilation of information gathered from many sources to gain an accurate portrayal of what is truth and what is a lie.

Big people learn from those who disagree with them. They respect science and understand why respect for others is so important.

Leaders who are great lead by example. They understand how diversity is not only necessary for intellectual growth but essential for our growth as a nation.

A leader who doesn’t understand sacrifice for the common good is a fool. John McCain sacrificed years of his life to bring pride and courage to the US. Once again, Donald Trump disrespected him and in doing so disrespected all of us.

Donald Trump only understands self-aggrandizement. He is too small to respect others who know more and offer things that he is not capable of providing. NO ONE KNOWS EVERYTHING!

Donald Trump is a little man who spends his life putting down anyone who doesn’t agree with him. The Party of Trump is a disgrace. Marco Rubio who now kisses the ring of the man who called him names and put down his family should evaluate whether his behavior is really something that makes him proud.

If you enjoyed reading, Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist, you might also enjoy Dr. Smukler’s novels, Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.

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