The hushed voices in therapy offices throughout the Upper West Side are fixated on a new fearsome specter: Donald J. Trump.
A Washington Post reporter ventured this week to the Upper West Side, “where it’s easier to find a therapist than a parking space.” Psychologist Judith Schweiger Levy said one patient was upset that her sister is supporting the billionaire in his bid for the presidency.
“She was so upset and worried that she could have a sister — someone so close to her — who would have zero problem with Trump,” Levy said. “Another patient — also a woman — all she could talk about was Trump and how he’s crazy and frightening.”
Ruminating on Trump’s effect, Levy said, “Part of the reason he makes people so anxious is that he has no anxiety himself. It’s frightening. I’m starting to feel anxious just talking about him.”
Another local therapist hadn’t heard concerns from patients, but she herself is feeling uneasy:
“It helps me to talk about it,” she said. “I’m terrified that he could win. His impulsivity, his incomplete sentences, his strange, squinty eyes — to my mind, he’s a loosely held together person.”
Photo by Gage Skidmore.