Psychologist: believed Thaksin had lost his mind and has a multiple personality disorder (MPD)
“A person with MPD cannot remember himself. A person with this symptom needs to hear the cheers of supporters to get his confidence up,”
Thaksin psychoanalyzed at seminar
By Jutarat Tongpiam 24 August 2006
Thaksin Shinawatra decided to firmly declare that he will remain in politics.
A split-personality disorder may not be appropriate in this case, but perhaps “two-faced personality disorder ” is more suitable for a person who keeps changing his personality, the psychiatrist said.
The premier’s declaration was the topic of a seminar held yesterday at Chulalongkorn University entitled “Is Thaksin just bad or mad?”
“To diagnose whether an individual is bad or mad, one needs to see beyond his actions. For some, we can detect merely from their behavior. But currently we can see that one person can have both qualities in combination,” said Dr Kasem Tantiphlachiva, pictured, consultant psychiatrist at the Somdej Chaopraya Institute of Psychiatry.
Kasem said that he had never previously psychoanalyzed anyone in public because of medical ethics.
“But, I have to disregard my concern for ethics a bit for the sake of our country and because the subject himself is quite poor in ethics,” he said.
Kasem said that confusion usually overcomes a person who is only semi-aware, while a lunatic is usually unaware of his mental abnormality, but both could be used to describe his state of mind.
Thaksin could also be described as suffering from megalomania.
Kasem also said that Thaksin’s mental disorders include paranoia, due to his extreme concern for his safety, and moodiness, for his changing statements about his future in politics. This kind of person is very dangerous,” Kasem said.
Regarding Thaksin’s personality, the psychiatrist said that his habits, his relationships with others and his responsibility to the public are the main indicators.
“Lacking concern for others, lying, looking down on others, and making sarcastic comments are all abnormal. Well, those habits are usually unseen among top politicians in developed countries,” he said.
Kasem said that a person’s actions and personality usually reflect their childhood. A poor childhood often drives a person to be honest, patient, helpful and sympathetic to others.
“But some become bitter and feel inferior later in life, feelings that drive him to be an opportunist or to be vengeful.
Unstable or just cunning?
Psychologists and politicians debated whether Thaksin is “mentally unstable or simply cunning”.
Dr Kasem Tantiplacheewa of Somdej Chao Phraya Hospital argued that Thaksin was mentally unstable and that it was not just personal – but a national problem.
Kasem said the media had analysed Thaksin’s personality and also believed Thaksin had lost his mind and has a multiple personality disorder (MPD).
“A person with MPD cannot remember himself. The country’s leader does not realise what he is doing. He is swayed to do things like riding an elephant – and wearing a black wristband. A person with this symptom needs to hear the cheers of supporters to get his confidence up,” he said.
The debate was organised at Chulalongkorn University.