Saturday, February 7, 2015

Does Vladimir Putin have Asperger's Syndrome?

A study from the US Navy War College theorizes that Vladimir Putin has some degree of Asperger’s Syndrome, according to a USA Today story by Ray Locker on February 4, 2015, here.   However other psychologists, as reported in the Guardian by Alan Yuhas, suggest that “Putinology has gone too far”, as with this link, reporting comments by UNC professor Stephen Porges.  

People have told me that I have Asperger’s (that includes one documentary filmmaker), and at NIH in 1962 I was characterized as having “schizoid”, which is more a matter of manifestation.

Putin does seem to go way out of his way to rationalize his behavior.  He believes in the values of Russian nationalism and that he should except ordinary Russians to embrace these values.  That excuses his intrusions into Crimea and eastern Ukraine, for “ethnic Russians” (are they really different from ethnic Ukraine?) and might lead to problems in other areas, including the Baltic former republics, even Finland.  He uses the need to increase the birthrate to excuse the anti-gay propaganda law (remember the “please leave the children alone” line just before the Sochi Olympics?)

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