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Justin Frank
Justin A. Frank M.D. practices and teaches psychoanalysis in Washington, DC where he is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center. A clinician with more than thirty year's experience, Dr. Frank has been a former columnist for,, and continues to be a frequent contributor to on topics as diverse as politics, film, and theater.

Dr. Frank employs the principles of applied psychoanalysis to assemble the kind of psychological profile used in his previous best-selling book Bush on the Couch (ReganBooks 2004, 5, 7) in his upcoming book Obama on the Couch: Inside the mind of the President, which will be released October 18, 2011 by FreePress/Simon&Schuster.

Also the co-director of the Metropolitan Center for Object Relations in New York, 
Dr. Frank completed his psychiatric residency at Harvard Medical School and was chief resident at the Cambridge Hospital. He was awarded the DuPont-Warren Fellowship by Massachusetts General Hospital.

Entries by Justin Frank

Facing Facts in Baltimore

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 5:39 PM

I am a Baltimore Orioles baseball fan, and have been for about 40 years. I've never mentioned them in a blog or in my books until last week when I wrote about finding metal detectors at Camden Yards as evidence about how the spread of fear now contaminates our "national...

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To Sign or Not to Sign

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 5:00 PM

That is not the question

Across the US, people are lining up for or against Barack Obama's agreement with Iran to prevent it from ever producing nuclear weapons, should it decide to do so. Some feel he is wasting his time trying to make any kind of deal with Iran.

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(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 8:48 AM

March 4th - the day after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's historic belligerent address urging both Houses of Congress to force President Obama away from a possible nuclear weapons treaty with Iran - is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. Lincoln ended that speech, known for its poetic...

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Email Blast From the Past

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 2:50 AM

At this moment, we are sandwiched between two anniversaries. The first is January 25, which is the 256th birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns who wrote "Auld Lang Syne", sung every New Years Eve. That song reminds us to raise a toast to old friends and days gone by. To...

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Obama N'est Pas Charlie

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 9:11 PM

Why, oh why, didn't President Obama march in solidarity with world leaders in Paris on Sunday? Or at least send Joe Biden in his stead?

As Woody Allen said, "80% of success is showing up." And President Obama knows that. He told Chuck Todd last September, "Part of this...

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Our Shamefully Sanctioned Sadism

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:10 PM

Almost without exception, Americans have had deep fears of confronting one particular truth about George W. Bush, and that is his sadism. But with the release of the CIA's torture report Americans can no longer turn their backs on disturbing and shameful effects of the trickle-down sadism that was a...

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Bush League Redux

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 2:44 PM

Veterans Day 2014 was an unusual day for George W, Bush to publish a biography of his father, George H.W. Bush. The father, our 41st president, was a war hero fighter pilot in WWII. The son, our 43rd president, avoided having to fight in any war and later became known...

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Don't Blame Me

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:02 PM

"He started it!"

"No, she started it!"

"He who smelt it dealt it."

"It takes one to know one."

"It's all your fault."

"I won, I'm the biggest and strongest."

The only comment not made by print and TV pundits after the midterms was "He who smelt it dealt it."...

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Guns 'N Poses

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:25 PM

A second teenage girl has died as a result of Friday's shooting at a Washington state high school. Several others students remain in critical condition.

In a nation preoccupied by Ebola, most people have become numb to yet another school shooting. A new case of Ebola captures much more attention....

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Don't Confuse Me With the Facts

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:19 PM

In the 1979 movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen brilliantly portrayed the power emotions have over perception. On a split screen, characters Alvy and Annie are simultaneously talking to their psychiatrists:

Alvy Singer's therapist: How often to you sleep together?

Annie Hall's therapist: Do you have sex often?

Alvy Singer: Hardly...

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Wanting to Know... and Not

(72) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 2:12 PM

When I appeared on ABC News' Nightline after the second presidential debate, reporter Jake Tapper asked me who was healthier -- Obama or Romney. I gave two responses, one of which was edited out. I first said that criteria for health are different for Presidents because at times they have...

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The Hidden Danger of Change

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 6:29 PM

All change involves risk - whether one is a Democrat or Republican. It always does, or else it isn't genuine change. And with risk comes anxiety about the unknown. But most unrecognized is that with change comes loss - loss of the familiar, as well as loss of predictability. What...

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Caught Between Two Extremes: Obama on the Couch

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 1:05 PM

In writing Obama on the Couch last fall, I undertook a mission of some urgency: understanding our president. Gail Sheehy wrote on the dust jacket that Obama must know himself better, to face "the brutal, intractable conflicts that would ensue if both sides gave free rein to their hostility."


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The Virtue of Being Whole

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 12:32 PM

The published photos of U.S. soldiers holding up body parts of slain Afghan rebels depict acts that will further incite the Arab world against the United States. But they are also evidence of the horrors and tensions of war, of feeling exalted at being alive, of surviving thus far. Even...

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Obama on the Couch: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 10:40 AM

President Obama's powerful speech on the budget alternated between urging members of both parties to work together - citing bipartisan support for the principles and programs he outlined - and making it clear that he recognized that some Republicans will block any proposal he makes - even those they...

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Obama on the Couch: Storm Warnings

(4) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 12:54 PM

What a father does in times of crisis is often determined by how that man was mothered. And comparing Bush and Obama's responses to the late-summer hurricanes Katrina and Irene reveals much about each man: their responses couldn't be more different.

Obama anticipated the potential devastation Irene could cause...

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John McCain Needs a Permanent Time Out

(8) Comments | Posted October 15, 2008 | 12:22 PM

On the eve of the final presidential debate for 2008, the question about who John McCain "really" is needs to be addressed carefully and clearly.

Since the financial crisis, McCain has called himself a regulator who seeks to eliminate earmarks and to regulate Wall Street in other ways.

But for...

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Race and the Race

(8) Comments | Posted October 7, 2008 | 7:03 AM

Many people are afraid and don't know it - they are afraid of having a black man in the White House, a black family as the first family. It is hard to estimate their level - conscious or unconscious - and degree - racist or cultural - of discomfort, but...

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John McCain: Suffering from Irregularity

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2008 | 10:41 PM

John McCain lurches from plan to plan, from statement to statement, from action to action. His behavior reminds me of my most manic patients when I was chief of the psychiatric in-patient ward.

Manic patients, now called bi-polar, are unable to manage their feelings, and their behavior is often...

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Pay no attention to the old man in the corner

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2008 | 6:00 PM

The Republican Party is still crazy after all these years. They brought in Alan Keyes to run against Obama in 2004; and now they've chosen Sarah Palin to accomplish what Keyes couldn't. The Republican Party can't find anyone normal to run against that black guy with the Muslim...

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