A group of mental health professionals and concerned citizens gathered at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Saturday to discuss their opinions on President Donald Trump’s performance in office and concerns over his capability to fulfill his position.
One of the three local professionals who spoke was Edwin Fisher, a UNC professor in the Department of Health Behavior. Fisher was a contributing author for the recently published book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President," which was one topic of discussion.
Fisher contributed the chapter entitled, “The Loneliness of Fateful Decisions.” The chapter focuses on the importance of the people who make up the president's social network.
He explained that his chapter emphasizes three main themes: the importance of the social surroundings of the president; the idea that he could be left to make decisions on the basis of his own perspectives; and the tendency of narcissistic people to ensure they get validation from the people who surround them.
“An example of this is the many rumors that Secretary Tillerson and Chief of Staff Kelly would desperately like to be out of their positions, but, in a sense, are stepping out of their patriotic duty to protect the country from the president,” Fisher said.