Clinton delves into 'dysfunctional' influences
Monday 09 October 1995
''Inadvertently, you send mixed signals to people,'' he told Good Housekeeping magazine. "You learn that other people, in the outside world, didn't live in the same context as you. I see this as President. I don't believe in psychobabble ... but I think I have to be acutely aware that I grew up as a peace-maker, always trying to minimise the disruption. When you are President and go the extra mile, others will interpret it as weakness.
"In Haiti, I pretty much had to invade the country because people didn't believe me. When I finally had the planes in the air, they believed me and got out of there. That's happened all my life, from the time I was in school. People underestimate your resolve because you go out of your way to accommodate them before you drop the hammer."
As a child, Mr Clinton said, ''I was deprived of a male role model. I grew up with this idealised version of my own father who died before I was born.'' His alcoholic and threatening stepfather, he said, was ''full of self-loathing and anxiety''.
Mr Clinton's early years also affected his belief in his ability to have a successful marriage. "I wanted it desperately, but I did not know if I could do it ... if your model of a marriage has been bad, it has a subconscious drag on you.''
- 3 Alton Towers crash: Four seriously injured and 16 guests trapped as Smiler ride carriages collide
- 4 Ann Summers survey reveals the UK's favourite sex position
Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
Caitlyn Jenner's mother Ester thought her daughter, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, had transitioned for money
Charles Kennedy 1959-2015: A gifted, compassionate politician whose career was cut short by the 'demon drink' - latest news
Alton Towers crash: Four seriously injured and 16 guests trapped as Smiler ride carriages collide
Charles Kennedy dead: A guy once asked the Lib Dem leader who his favourite Muppet was and his letter response was wonderful
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a solutions / s...
£18000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive is required t...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you inspired to bring new a...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...