“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” Donald Trump
Thanks to Donald Trump, we have heard some of the most racially charged and gender biased language in years. For this, Trump has been lambasted and ridiculed.
Most people have not missed the opportunity to weigh in to try to explain Trump’s irreverent comments. The public has thrown the book at him so to speak– as in - the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). We have deemed him to fall along the diagnostic spectrum from being a narcissist to a possible cocaine abuser. But could there be something else at play??
Could Trump simply be the victim of his own neurobiology?
The other night while I was reading up on brain neuroscience, I happened to come across some fascinating information about how our brains work.
In his brilliant book, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, Louis Cozolino writes that people who are prejudiced (in favor or against people) due to race or gender show more activity in their amygdala and their orbitomedial prefrontal cortex. On the other hand, those who make more objective (non-prejudiced) judgments appear to be using other areas of their brain which happen to be further developed. According to Cozolino, it is well known in the scientific community that “primitive impulses drive prejudice”
This made me re-think the phenomena of Donald Trump. Could this information shed new light on Trump’s biting comments? Is it possible that Donald Trump's brain is working overtime in a biased way?
We talk a lot about removing the stigma in addiction and mental health because of the way people’s brains work. Things like depression, anxiety and addiction have been shown to be connected to how the brain functions.
As a society, we are working to build tolerance, awareness and compassion to those dealing with mental health challenges.
Perhaps this could provide a new perspective of how we see this political drama unfold...
Are we dealing with a bad hombre or a bad brain?