Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency, several psychiatrists have argued over whether the president was mental fit for office. One psychiatrist is now referring to the U.S. Army’s own field manual to prove that Trump is unfit to be president.
According to an editorial in Los Angeles Times, psychiatrist Prudence L. Gourguechon points out that the field manual’s description of what the army considers an effective leader are all key traits that Trump seems to missing.
Gourguechon says that main traits the military sees in successful leaders include discipline, establishing trust, critical thinking, self-awareness, and empathy.
According to the field manual, an undisciplined leader reacts “viscerally or angrily when receiving bad news or conflicting information” and “allows personal emotions to drive decisions or guide responses to emotionally charged situations.”
Trump’s impulsiveness is often on display in his Tweets, in which he regularly attacks anyone who criticizes him or disagrees with him.
The field manual also says that a leader with no self-awareness will “unfairly blames subordinates when failures are experienced” and “rejects or lacks interest in feedback.”
White House staffers have leaked several times about how Trump blames subordinates for the problems he usually creates himself.
The manual also says that a leader with no empathy often “shows a lack of concern for others’ emotional distress” and “displays an inability to take another’s perspective.”
Trump is famous for mocking his opponents for their appearances and never apologizing for any of his rude comments.
“Because of Trump’s Twitter habits and other features of the contemporary media landscape, far more data about his behavior are available to everyone — to citizens, journalists and members of Congress,” she writes. “And we are all free to compare that observable behavior to the list of traits deemed critical for leadership by the U.S. Army.”