Watch: Trump to Kelly, 'Regrets Aren't Healthy' - Psychologists Disagree

Last night, Donald Trump sat down with Fox News' Megyn Kelly to answer some tough questions about his campaign and its message. Trump and Kelly have feuded for nearly a year, and in the much bally-hooed interview, Kelly sought to tackle the issues still lingering from the first GOP presidential debate of 2016. She was particularly interested in Donald Trump's reflection on the insults which have become a quintessential part of his campaign. 


 “Let me just give you a list, and you can tell me if you have any regrets on it,” Kelly told Trump.

"The comment about John McCain, you prefer people who weren’t captured, the comment about Carly Fiorina’s face. Do you regret any of those comments?” she asked. 

Trump did. At least a little.

“Yeah, I guess so, but you have to go forward," he told Kelly. "You make a mistake, you go forward and you can correct the mistake, but to look back and say ‘Gee whiz, I wish I hadn’t done this or that,’I don’t think that’s good. In a certain way, I don’t even think that’s healthy."

However, psychologists disagree.

"Regret, like all emotions, has a function for survival. It is our brain's way of telling us to take another look at our choices; a signal that our actions may be leading to negative consequenes. Regret is a major reason why addicts get into recovery!" Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. told Psychology Today.

 And James O. Henman, Ph.D. even defines regret as "a healthy grieving reaction," because it "draws us toward healing and healthiness. If it is a present situation, Regret helps motivate healthy change in the present. If it is a past situation, Regret helps create a desire to learn and grow from that painful past difficulty," Henman said. 

And John M. Grohol, Psy.D. believes guilt can be very positive also.

"Healthy guilt is telling us we need to do something different in order to repair relationships important to us (or our own self-esteem). The sooner we “learn the lesson” – e.g., make amends, work to not engage in the same hurtful behavior in the future, etc. – the sooner the guilt will disappear. If successful, it will never return for that issue again," Grohol explained. 

Of course, Kelly seemed far more interested in Trump's insults against fellow Republicans than his completely disgusting statements about Muslims and Mexicans. (One suspects he has not regrets about those. After all, they were just suggestions.)

Watch: 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.