SAN DIEGO – A local psychologist said she believes San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is showing sociopathic characteristics.
As Filner is expected to enter a behavioral facility for two weeks of treatment many San Diegans continue to call for his resignation. Still, the mayor refuses to resign.
La Jolla psychologist Dr. Sage Breslin does not know the mayor personally, but she has watched as Filner has responded to charges that he sexually harassed a number of prominent professional women, and she has responded to the growing number of calls for him to step down.
“Shame would’ve driven him to resign immediately,” said La Jolla psychologist Dr. Sage Breslin.“I certainly think his bravado indicates he doesn’t have empathy or compassion.”
She focused on Filner’s apology and called it insincere.
“He was smiling when he said, ‘I apologize for any women I offended.’ That word stuck to me. It’s assaulting them,” Breslin said.
Breslin followed President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal and watched as he chose not to resign.
“Unlike Mayor Filner, when the light was shown on Clinton’s behavior, he was mortified. He was sick with remorse, guilt and shame,” she added.
Clinton worked hard, she added, to change his behavior and took it seriously. Recent polls show many people don’t believe Filner will take therapy seriously.
“I’m not sure what kind of program would provide anything in two weeks except to sit him down for some psycho education,” Dr. Breslin said.