By Situation Theatre 11/3/2019
“I think the feeling you’re actually experiencing is shame. And if it’s not, it should be.”
On the eve of the NSW state election, serious concerns have emerged about the Premier’s emotional intelligence and health after repeatedly claiming in the leaders debate that she was “very proud” of the government’s actions in recent years.
Given Sydney’s serious problems of over-development, congestion, and inadequate infrastructure, as well as the state’s escalating environmental and resourcing problems, several clinical psychologists who spoke with Situation Theatre have raised the spectre of a serious emotional dysregulation disorder.
Classic symptoms of such a disorder are difficulty understanding emotional experiences and challenges recognising one’s own emotions.
The fact that Ms Berejiklian is consistently expressing pride when clearly shame is called for clearly indicates some kind of serious underlying condition.
Doctors and nurses around the state are hopeful that come March 23, Ms Berejiklian will be forced to step back from political life so that she and the rest of the state’s residents can get the health care they need.