Why would anyone be crazy enough to run for president?
As a profiler, psychologist and psychotherapist, I’ve profiled virtually every type of individual — from crooks to crown princes from prime ministers to pedophiles. For the last election cycle, I even wrote a book about it, So You Want To Be My President? The Ultimate Voters Guide (2011).
I got asked the same question regularly: “What kind of people in this crazy world would want to be president?”
For the last months, I’ve been in the brains and hearts — and I’ve even speculated about the role of other organs — in the monumental decision to run for the presidency.
This book is a look into the unconscious mind and deep-driving forces of both Republican and Democratic candidates wanting to be our next president. This is an intimate profile, an exploration, into the thoughts and feelings of the soon-to-be most powerful person on the planet — the president of United States.
The questions are perhaps even more important in 2016. What can we know about the candidates’ unconscious motivations? What can we see? Most important, what can we expect? These are the questions that are addressed and explored in Are They Crazy?
President Franklin D. Roosevelt made two remarks that are relevant to this book. “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” He also said, “Presidents are selected, not elected.”
It is my profound hope that this book will help in your selection.
Barry Austin Goodfield, Ph.D.