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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

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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Georgy Girl

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2008 | 4:29 PM

This just went up on YouTube.
Worth a visit, for sure.

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The Trojan Horses of Sarah Palin and Clarence Thomas

(5) Comments | Posted September 1, 2008 | 11:10 AM

Since Governor Sarah Palin arrived on the national stage, people have been comparing her to others. Some say Dan Quayle (who actually DID become Vice-President). Some say Tina Fey. Some say watching her is like watching a "chick flick". Some say she proves McCain has faulty judgment. Some say -...

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Politics on the Couch: Projection is Nine-Tenths of the Law, as Defined by McCaIn's "Hail Sarah" Pass

(23) Comments | Posted August 29, 2008 | 8:39 PM

What follows is the last post for the interactive book, Politics on the Couch. It is inspired by John McCain's VP choice. Readers' comments are welcome and an integral part of this experiment.

This book is about to be "put to bed," but one last post seems fitting -- a...

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The New Yorker Cover -- Opportunity Knocks for Obama

(20) Comments | Posted July 14, 2008 | 7:00 PM

The New Yorker cover is not only evidence of arrogance; it expresses contempt for people who actually do fear the Obamas. This kind of mocking ridicule will only make it more difficult for people to share their fears and what to them are legitimate concerns. By satirizing most all...

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Politics on the Couch: Opposites Detract or Listening to the Unsaid

(15) Comments | Posted July 10, 2008 | 7:34 PM

What follows is the eighth post for the interactive book, Politics on the Couch. Readers' comments are welcome and an integral part of this experiment.

POC: Opposites Detract - Listening to the Unsaid

One aim of this project is to help us all -- myself included -- pay attention...

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Politics on The Couch: July 4, 2008 -- It's The Truth that Sets Us Free

(17) Comments | Posted July 3, 2008 | 5:10 PM

What follows is the seventh post for the interactive book, Politics on the Couch. Readers' comments are welcome and an integral part of this experiment.

July 4th 2008 -- It's the truth that set us free

As we celebrate Independence Day, we acknowledge that the only way to become truly...

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Politics on the Couch: Hating the Haters

(67) Comments | Posted June 27, 2008 | 3:44 PM

What follows is the sixth post for the interactive book, Politics on the Couch. Readers' comments are welcome and an integral part of this experiment.

POLITICS ON THE COUCH: Hating the Haters

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever felt responsible."
- Voltaire

Large groups are more...

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Politics on the Couch: Splitting and Reparation Two

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2008 | 7:01 PM

What follows is the fifth section of my new book, Politics on the Couch. Because we live in an interactive world and this election is an interactive process, I am conducting a new experiment - posting sections of the manuscript twice weekly on my blog at and inviting readers'...

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