Name: Donald Tokowitz Sterling
Nickname: Donald Sterling
Donald Sterling is an American businessman, owner of the Clippers basketball team, and real estate magnate. He has recently made headlines concerning his racial rants. He has since done several interviews that continue to project him as someone who struggles with racism, and or the acceptance of people whom he considers that are not are up to his par. He denies his feelings of racism, and justifies his comments by bring to light other factors of his life. As I watched a couple of his interviews, I could not help but connect with a story that was on the news 5 years ago. It was about a real estate mogul, whose son died of a drug overdose. In his statement concerning his son’s death, the mogul, in great denial, mentioned how his son struggled with diabetes, and blamed the disease for taking his son. Denial. It will soon catch up with you. Come to check, the mogul was him. The one and only, Donald Sterling.
An immature defense mechanisms detailing a refusal of reality or fact. This entails acting as if a painful event, thought, or feeling did not exist. It is considered one of the most primitive mechanism because it’s mostly displayed in the early years of childhood development.
In every situation, lets remember that we can never blame a patient for a mental disorder. Its not fair. They are not at fault. A patient is never at fault for having a disease. Now, we are all responsible for dealing with our diseases in an appropriate manner. Our disease affect those around us in more ways than we can possibly think.
Donald Sterling clearly has some racial issues. It would be best to study his background, youth, upbringing, and other factors before coming to conclusions. But above all, I am more concerned about his denial issues. No matter what age you are, lack of dealing with denial issues leads to living a life apart from reality. That’s the worst thing anyone can do, at any age. This leads to constant states of confusion. This can also leads to many other disorders.
My only encouragement and recommendation to Donald would be to stay away from the press, and get a great psychiatrist to work out his denial issues. This is just the tip of the ice berg, and I am sure many more things will come to light if he does not deal with this.
Categories: Celebrity Psychiatry