Last week, Diana Nyad appeared on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight with Beth Ruyak.” The most fascinating bit of news therein:
I’m probably going to be writing a book this next year about all these myriad syndromes…that come about.
What does she mean by “all these myriad syndromes”? All I can tell you is that, right now, Diana has pathologies (myriad syndromes?) on her mind.
To introduce her recent Facebook video, Nyad writes, “Let’s talk about recognizing pathological personalities….” To paraphrase the main question of the video: How can we tell when someone who appears outwardly charismatic, honest, and controlled is, underneath, an out-of-control, deviant sicko?
I’m no psychiatrist, but I won’t let that stop me from helping those in need of diagnostic assistance: my DIY brain-wave detector just registered a leak in Nyad’s unconscious. In the aforementioned video, Nyad illustrates her premise with some well-known examples: OJ Simpson, Rob Porter, and Bill Cosby. But she’s forgetting the example closest at hand.
I can’t wait for the book.
By the way, Diana says some fascinating stuff about gun control in the video. I’m not a gun person—I don’t own a gun, probably never will, and would never have one in my home. I believe that we here in the U.S.A. desperately need better gun regulation. But Nyad’s suggestions snuggle right up against totalitarianism. For handgun purchases, she wants to impose a year-long waiting period while some government agency goes through ALL your emails and your online data. Tell that to someone with an armed and abusive ex.