Panel Presentation (continued):
Psychohistorical Aspects of the Global Rise of the Radical Right and Authoritarian Populism
Panelists: Brigitte Demeure, Ken Fuchsman, Karyne Messina, Peter Petschauer, Kenneth Rasmussen (60 min)

Karyne E. Messina Shattering the Mirror: Understanding Trump’s Behavior and Policies Through His Family History (30 min)

Abstract: Donald Trump has a very real chance of winning the presidency in 2024, and Americans must understand that this man shows no remorse or regret for his actions that led to an insurrection on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. It appears Trump is willing to take his policies to an even darker place, particularly if we examine his rhetoric concerning immigrants, which has grown increasingly hostile, dehumanizing, and fascist. Rather than asking how we got to this point—that many Republicans are happy to potentially elect such a morally corrupt man to the presidency—I will consider why Donald Trump might be committed to continuing these practices. Why, for example, would he pursue policies that traumatize thousands of children fleeing poverty and dangerous living conditions in their home countries? The answer may lie in his own upbringing or, more specifically, in the backstory concerning his mother, Mary Ann Macleod, an immigrant who came to the United States in 1930 at the age of eighteen. This presentation will examine splitting and projective identification as these mechanisms relate to Donald Trump, which I wrote about in Aftermath: Healing from the Trump Presidency in 2020,

Bio: Karyne E. Messina, EdD, FABP, is the author of numerous books on projective identification, a podcast host, a licensed psychologist, and a certified psychoanalyst. She is also the Chair of the Scholarship and Writing section of the Department of Psychoanalytic Education (DPE) which is part of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

After completing her undergraduate studies at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Messina earned a master’s and a doctoral degree from George Washington University. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Washington School of Psychiatry and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Messina is currently on the medical staff of Suburban Hospital, which is part of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Peter Petschauer: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump (30 min)

Abstract: This presentation traces key elements of Vladimir V. Putin’s rise power, attempts to control his own society and to nourish the dream of reacquiring territories lost after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In order to attain the latter goal, he attempted first to ally himself with the West, but upon its recusal, he turned to China instead and is now its junior partner.
Possibly in revenge, or in attempt to undermine the West, he now offers his brand of radical conservatism to various Western countries. Donald Trump, one of his former business partners and an authoritarian ruler aspirant, is his main “target” and the American and his supporters are responding well to his overtures.

Bio: Peter Petschauer, PhD, Dhc.
Professor Emeritus, Appalachian State University.
Author and poet.
Recently published:
“Was man so Alles lernt. Südtiroler Rückhalt für die moderne Welt“ (“All the Things one Learns”), Weger, Brixen/Bressanone (2022);
“Listen to Rarely Heard Voices” a poetry book, New York City (2022);
“An Immigrant in the 1960s; Becoming an American in New York City” (2020);
“Hopes and Fears. Past and Present,” the first poetry book (2019);
Century Germany” and earlier books. Most available at, or through