Psychology Magazine

What is Really Going on in the White House?

By Deric Bownds @DericBownds
A good friend sent me this speculation, and I asked him if I could pass it on. He said yes, as long as he remained anonymous....
Ivanka Trump now has an office in the White House and it clicked with me what might be going on. Her father has the beginnings of Alzheimer's. He wanted to run for president and the family didn't think he'd get the nomination. Then they didn't think he'd get the election. Now they have to manage his decline. I know from experience that judgment declines as memory fades because relevant factors simply aren't in the person's mind any more. It hit me that his positions from a year ago, now contradicted 180 degrees by his current positions, are examples of this. His emotional control is badly eroded because he doesn't remember consequences which follow certain actions. His family is trying to figure out what to do to manage this. The sons take over the business, his wife can't raise a ten year old and give him the 24/7 attention he needs, and will increasingly need. It falls to the daughter to take care of the parent, hence the office in the White House. The sexist nature of the division of labor here is an argument for another day. This is only supposition on my part, but this fills in some blanks for me. I think we'll know if this is true before this term is out, but it's something to keep in mind.

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