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Psychological Monitoring Of Politicians ?

Discussion in 'IMO: In My Opinion' started by JamesCalifornia, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. JamesCalifornia

    JamesCalifornia Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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  2. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    Why stop at the White House? Why not have psychological testing for all political office seekers? Imagine the fun that would provide!
     
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  3. JamesCalifornia

    JamesCalifornia Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    ~ Would there be anyone left ? :ruminating:
     

  4. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    It would certainly thin the herd
     
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  6. Willowy

    Willowy TCS Member Top Cat

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    Nobody says mental health monitoring would disqualify anybody.

    I think it's an excellent idea but many Americans are inexplicably hostile toward anything meant to help mental health. They see something "manly" about suppressing emotion and engaging in unhealthy coping mechanisms instead of seeking help, which they see as displaying weakness.

    So. I don't know if it would serve to make more people hostile toward any president that employed a mental health professional, or decrease the stigma associated with mental health care. I suppose it couldn't make it any worse.
     
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  7. Talien

    Talien TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    You know, that's actually a damn good idea. There should be a mandatory psych evaluation for anyone running for office whether it's local, state, or federal.
     
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  8. Willowy

    Willowy TCS Member Top Cat

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    I'd support that!
     

  9. JamesCalifornia

    JamesCalifornia Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    ~ Many mental health professionals are nuts themselves. They should be seeing each other. ( and they often do`[​IMG] )
    Have to be careful. ..
     
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  10. Stinky15

    Stinky15 TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    Who is qualified to judge?.....
     
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  11. Willowy

    Willowy TCS Member Top Cat

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    Seeing somebody for their mental health does not mean a person is nuts. There shouldn't be that kind of stigma.
    Presumably it would be the same people who do psych evals for law enforcement agencies.
     
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  12. JamesCalifornia

    JamesCalifornia Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    ~ I will settle for drug screening and polygraph. That should eliminate a few .:)
     
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  13. Willowy

    Willowy TCS Member Top Cat

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    Interesting. I don't really think too many public officials are methheads ;). And polygraphs aren't considered reliable.

    But ignoring that, what would you ask in the polygraph? What answers would you judge to be disqualifying?
     

  14. mani

    mani fervent feline fan Staff Member Moderator

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    How about just being caught out in a lie? That seems to be quite a big one lately.
     
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  15. Stinky15

    Stinky15 TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    All politicians lie, there wouldn't be anyone left except maybe "The Church Lady" from old SNL.
     

  16. NY cat man

    NY cat man TCS Member Top Cat

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    Not all of them. A goodly portion of them? More than likely- I mean, there must be at least 5 or 6 honest ones, but I wouldn't bet any money on it.
     
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  17. Talien

    Talien TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I doubt there's even that many. DC isn't a swamp, it's a cesspool, and you can't dive into a cesspool without being covered in excrement.
     
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  18. Willowy

    Willowy TCS Member Top Cat

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    When politicians make promises, they usually believe they can deliver on those promises, at least to some extent, which means they wouldn't fail a polygraph. That's not really a lie, just a failed promise.

    For those involved in some sort of scandal, yeah, that might work. But compulsive liars also don't become anxious when lying, so they wouldn't fail a polygraph either. So it would really only weed out those who are bad at lying ;).
     
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  19. donutte

    donutte Professional cat sitter extraordinaire! Top Cat

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    I am ALL for them having REGULAR psychological evaluations. I agree, it would help reduce the stigma attached to it if someone in such a big position was having regular evals. And really, it's not a bad thing to ensure people (especially in higher up positions) are psychologically and mentally stable.
     
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  20. donutte

    donutte Professional cat sitter extraordinaire! Top Cat

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    Frankly, I wish mental health evaluations held as much clout in the health care world as regular phsyicals did. In general.
     
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