German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conduct has become so shocking that at least one mental health professional is wondering if she is all there.
Hans-Joachim Maaz is a German psychologist and author who offered his opinion of Merkel in an interview with Huffington Post Germany. Deeply concerned by the chancellor's policies and behavior, Maaz said that not only was she “stubborn” but that she had also “lost touch with reality”, a very serious charge to level against a sitting head of government.
He identifies Merkel as a “narcissist”, a condition brought out by the unalloyed adulation of supporters who, among other things, claimed her to be the “most powerful woman in the world” and deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize. Such laudatory remarks could only have gone to Merkel's head, and now Maaz thinks that she is actually starting to believe them.
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