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Why Joe Biden, locked in his “mental prison,” refuses to bow out


If any neutral observer can only consider Joe Biden’s performance during the debate (which pitted him against Donald Trumpon CNN, June 27) as a historic debacle, for him it is simply life repeating itself.

Since childhood, Joe Biden has experienced recurring episodes of severe humiliation, where everyone laughed at him and treated him like a nobody. Each time, he worked to prove his worth. Persistence became his defense mechanism, his antidote to humiliation. To prevail, he just needed to summon enough courage.

This tendency has given him, in more ways than one, a resilient psyche. But today it has become a psychological prison, a mental habit that threatens to lead American democracy to its downfall.

Transcending Humiliation

Humiliation—and overcoming it—is Joe Biden’s story. Born with a speech impediment (a stutter), he was cruelly persecuted by his peers. Even the nuns with whom he spent part of his schooling mocked him, to the point that one day he left in the middle of a class and ran home. He vividly recounted this episode of his life to

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