Explaining Dennis Rodman’s character, if not that of Kim Jong-Un

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Dennis Rodman, who ranted about the supposed decency of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un during an interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN, is a man who can’t be expected to accurately judge the character of a leader or a nation because he seems to like whatever makes him feel good. It’s probably that simple.

DRodmanIt is probably very easy for Rodman to conclude that American citizen Kenneth Bae, who was arrested in North Korea for hostile acts, then sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp, deserved what he got.  Why? Bae isn’t the one throwing lavish parties for Rodman that make Rodman feel good. Kim Jong Un is.  …

If you want to be Dennis Rodman’s friend, it’s okay if you’re a a thug and killer like Kim Jong Un, who may have recently fed his uncle to starving dogs, as long as you make Rodman feel he’s at center court, standing tall, like a king.

In matters of the mind, of course, many things are fueled by their opposites. Deep down inside, Dennis Rodman probably doesn’t feel good at all. That’s likely the reason he turned to alcohol for false comfort in the past, had no contact with his mother for several years and contemplated taking his own life by shooting himself in the head.

See, neither cheering crowds, nor beautiful women, nor lots of money can erase the pain of feeling unloved or unlovable — not forever.  And when you turn to a notorious murderer to pump you up by calling you his buddy, you’re telling the world (and this psychiatrist) all it really needs to know about you.

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