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The End of Boris’s Illusion

By clinging on through scandal after scandal, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has certainly demonstrated the power of positive thinking. But the problem with “Prozac leadership,” as some researchers call it, is that it can take a politician – and a country – only so far before reality reasserts itself.

LONDON – “Desperate, deluded PM clings to power,” reads the front page of the Guardian’s July 7, 2022, print edition. But can UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bizarre behavior really be chalked up to some mental disorder?