Donald Trump Is Emotionally And Mentally Retarded, Says Dr. Deepak Chopra
Medical doctor, bestselling author, and New Age guru Dr. Deepak Chopra pulls no punches when expressing his feelings about presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Last Tuesday, Chopra made a guest appearance on The Alan Colmes Show. During the course of a 20-minute radio interview, he described Donald Trump as a bigoted racist who is full of fear and hatred. He also said Trump “represents the emotional retardation of a three-year old” and brings out the worst in all of us.
“I think he’s racist, he’s bigoted, he’s prejudiced. He’s full of fear. He is angry. He has a lot of hatred. He pouts, he’s belligerent, he’s emotionally retarded.”
A little later in the interview, Chopra expanded on his earlier statement that Donald Trump is retarded emotionally, adding “Maybe I was too kind when I said he was emotionally retarded; maybe he’s mentally retarded too.”
When Colmes asked Dr. Chopra if Trump is truly all those things, he replied candidly.
“I would never say this unless I believed it was 100 percent true, but he represents the racist, the bigot, the one who’s prejudiced, the one who is full of fear and hatred, the one who represents emotional retardation of a three-year old. And yet he’s so popular because he’s given permission to our collective psyche to express our darkest demons.”
When asked why Donald Trump appeals to so many people, Chopra said that he “represents the lowest denominator in our collective psyche.” He said Trump brings out the worst in people, and that he himself is no exception. Chopra admitted that Trump brings out his own fear, especially in regards to “what would happen to America and the rest of the world if, God forbid, he became president.”
Chopra alluded to a “shadow” of collective rage, grievances, and hostility that is inherent to human nature. He said the “shadow” comes out when there is anonymity, lack of accountability, and isolation. He cited war and terrorism as examples of “dehumanizing environments” that cause humans to feel like passive bystanders removed from responsibility.
He also said that the time to publicly reveal, discuss and defeat this collective human shadow is now. “I feel that unless we talk about this in the open…the world is going to be a scarier place,” he told Alan Colmes. Chopra stated that Donald Trump represents the darkest innermost aspects of all of us, and that only by recognizing and taking personal responsibility for our own part in the fear can we shine a light and defeat the shadow. He said that one way we can do this is to remain nonreactive when Trump says or does something that triggers our collective fear. He said that when someone stoops to his level, Donald Trump stoops even lower.
Dr. Chopra admitted that what he was doing — sounding off against Donald Trump — is not the way to defeat the collective human shadow. When Colmes mentioned Chopra’s usually calm, non-reactive demeanor, the doctor replied that was being reactive because Donald Trump “has overshadowed my yogic being.”
The day before the radio interview, Dr. Deepak Chopra published a blog on Huffington Post. Entitled America’s Shadow: The Real Secret of Donald J. Trump, he explains that Trump is no bizarre anomaly. Chopra says that Donald Trump is merely a recent expression of the collective human shadow and “stands for something universal, something right before our eyes.”
In the June 6 blog, Chopra explained the origins of the “shadow” he talked about with Alan Colmes.
“It’s an aspect of the human psyche that we feel embarrassed and ashamed of, which makes it our collective secret. Going back a century in the field of depth psychology, the secret side of human nature acquired a special name: the shadow.”
The blog further noted that the term “shadow” was coined by Carl Jung, based on Sigmund Freud’s view of the human psyche as dualistic, divided between the subconscious and conscious mind. The shadow is the unconscious portion of the mind. Therein dwell the darkest human impulses, including selfishness, sadism, jealousy, resentment, and sexual transgression. When collective fear allows irrational values such as those espoused by Donald Trump to seem rational, the shadow burgeons. It makes it “okay” for everyone to behave badly.
“When the shadow breaks out, what’s wrong is right. Being transgressive feels like a relief, because suddenly the collective psyche can gambol in forbidden fields. When Trump indulges in rampant bad behavior and at the same time says to his riotous audiences, “This is fun, isn’t it?” he’s expressing in public our ashamed impulse to stop obeying the rules.”
— Felicia Rangel (@Feferang) June 10, 2016
Whether or not Donald Trump is mentally retarded or emotionally retarded is a diagnosis best left to professionals. In the meantime, you may wish to peruse and heed this five-point plan excerpted from America’s Shadow: The Real Secret of Donald J. Trump.
- See Trumpism for what it is, a confrontation with the shadow.
- Instead of demonizing him, acknowledge that the shadow is in everyone and always has been.
- At the same time, realize that the shadow never wins in the end.
- Find every opening to reinforce the value of returning to right and reason in your own life.
- Don’t fight the shadow with the shadow, which means not stooping to play by Trump’s nihilistic rules—he will always be willing to go lower than you are willing to go.
— Deepak Chopra (@DeepakChopra) June 11, 2016
Listen to the whole Alan Colmes Show interview and hear Deepak Chopra call Donald Trump retarded here.
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