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A Poem by Dr. Barry Lubetkin

he, who turned my golden years to lead

he, who stole from me countless hours of truth with his lies

he, whose allies and aides search blindly for a grain of empathy

he, whose insecurity blocks any admission of fault or error

he, who acts as a demon monarch who mocks democracy

he, who has collected syncophants like loose change

he, who has wrecked my belief in checks and balances

he, who threatens my daughter’s safety from a future lech

he, whose very image and voice are chalk on the blackboard of my brain

he, whose snake oil is an injectable disinfectant

he, whose ignorance of empirical truth shames the scientist within me

he, whose hostility towards the world causes foreign friends to shun me

he, whose need for adoration challenges the DSM’s understanding of narcissism 

he, who shamelessly compares himself to Lincoln and Salk

he, who invites the storms and heat with his negligence

he, who yearns to be known as HE.


Barry Lubetkin, Ph.D. is the co-director and co-founder of the Institute for Behavior Therapy in New York City. He is the author of numerous academic and popular articles, as well as two popular self-help books, Bailing Out and Why Do I Need You to Love Me in Order to Like Myself. The Institute for Behavior Therapy is the oldest private cognitive behavior center in the United States.



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