A “Trans-Dyadic” Perspective on the Goldwater RulePLAKUN, ERIC M. MDJournal of Psychiatric Practice: November 2017 - Volume 23 - Issue 6 - p 431–435 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000273 COLUMNS Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics The Goldwater Rule has been debated, redefined, and debated further since the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. This column offers a perspective on the Goldwater Rule that moves beyond psychiatry’s current preoccupation with precision DSM-5 diagnosis of individuals, which ethically requires consent or other legal authorization for release of diagnostic information to others, and into the realm of leadership as seen through the “trans-dyadic” lens of psychoanalytic understanding of large group processes on a societal level. Concepts from large group psychology are introduced to illustrate “trans-dyadic” perspectives on leadership that do not challenge the Goldwater Rule. PLAKUN: Associate Medical Director, Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA; and Leader, American Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Caucus, Arlington, VA The author declares no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Eric M. Plakun, MD, Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (e-mail: email@example.com) Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.