I firmly believe that the Republican nominee for president is a sick man. I would submit that he is a narcissistic con man. By narcissistic, I don’t mean that he is into himself a little too much. As a mental health clinician, I believe it is possible he has narcissistic personality disorder. Because I am basing this opinion without ever meeting Mr. Trump, I cannot truly diagnose him as such. However, I can speculate. By a con man I mean he is like the old western snake oil salesman who promoted his miracle cure out of the back of a wagon. It sounds good, but has no substance.
Here’s some information about Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Rare, fewer than 200,000 US cases per year
Can’t be cured, but treatment may help
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging not required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Narcissistic personality disorder is found more commonly in men. The cause is unknown but likely involves a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Symptoms include an excessive need for admiration, disregard for others’ feelings, an inability to handle any criticism, and a sense of entitlement.
The disorder needs to be diagnosed by a professional. Treatment involves talk therapy.
Here are the criteria regarding Narcissistic Personality Disorder from the American Psychiatric’s Diagnostical and Statistical Manuel of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V).
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
(1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
(2) is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
(3) believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
(4) requires excessive admiration
(5) has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
(6) is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
(7) lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
(8) is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
(9) shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
Lack of empathy. Trump wants to deport millions. He believes we should kill families of terrorists. He has never held political office but instead of running for city council, mayor, state representative, or even congress, he has decided to run for the highest office in the land. Talk about grandiosity. Moreover, Trump spends most of his speeches criticizing others and defending himself. I have not heard him talk once about income inequality and the plight of the middle class and the poor.
Trump is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. Success, he believes he is a great businessman. Power, he is running for the presidency. Beauty, he has been married three times to attractive often younger women. Trump once wrote on Facebook, “show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser — having a healthy ego, or high opinion of yourself, is a real positive in life!”)
He has unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment. When receiving critical coverage by the media, he calls them the worst, sleazy, and liars. In fact, anyone that is critical of him will get a rebuke. He called all of the other contenders for the Republican nomination stupid. He is still worried so much about a long-ago comment regarding the size of his hands that he spent part of a debate talking about it.
He certainly has an unwillingness to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others. He makes misogynist comments about women. Call’s Mexican’s rapists. Made fun of a disabled reporter. If you ask him tough questions like Katy Tur did, you’re considered, “not a good reporter.” In fact, he has said that any reporter who points out trouble in his campaign are, “not allowed in.”
Trump does take advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.There are numerous incidents where people have lost money investing in Trump. His companies have filed bankruptcy 4 times in the last 18 years. The Washington Post wrote, “Some of the debt Trump’s businesses took on was through bonds sold to the public, meaning bondholders who trusted and invested in the Trump name were left holding the bag.”
I could go on, but I’ve listed 5 criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder which is all that I need.
Trump is a Con Man.
Yes, he is a snake-oil salesman. However, instead of the back of a wagon, he stands in front of a microphone and tries to sell those who are less educated on his ideas. The women love him, the Mexicans love him, African-Americans love him (gee, and I thought they voted for Democrats). He’s going to save the mines, he will revamp the Veteran’s Administration (veterans love him too), and he is going to make America so great that we will get tired of being #1. In fact, the only people who really love Trump are generally white poorly educated men who usually vote Republican. Sure there are others who do not fit that category, but that’s his base.
These grandiose statements are similar to those he used as a businessman. He told Letterman he made the best ties (Dave pointed out that while Trump criticized China, his ties were made there). He built the finest golf course, the finest buildings, and the finest University (which flopped and has been sued for lying to students).
The point is a con man does not mind lying. Here’s just a few. He saw Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attack (didn’t happen). He said on T.V. that Japan should have a nuclear weapon and then denied saying it three days later. He said he didn’t know who escorted reporter Jorge Ramos of Univision out of his campaign event. However, it was one of security personnel who escorted the reporter out.
Here is a list of more lies.
Trump said families of the 9/11 hijackers lived in the U.S. They did not.
He said he couldn’t disavow Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke because he knew nothing about him. Wrong! He first mentioned Duke 15 years ago. Trump actually repudiated David Duke during a Bloomberg interview in August 2015. Clearly, he knew who David Duke was.
Trump ran a campaign ad showing a horde of people crossing a border fence with the narrator saying Trump will stop illegal immigration by building a fence. However, the footage was from Italian T.V. and showed an event that took place in Morocco.
He said that Obama wanted to take 250,000 refugees from Syria. Obama actually said he would allow 10,000 to enter the United States.
Trump repeats that the Iran nuclear deal requires the U.S. to defend Iran if Israel attacks. False! The deal says we will help protect Iran’s nuclear material from being stolen by terrorists or thieves.
Here are some common traits of a con man.
Today’s Con Men will use the Internet. Hence, Trump’s reliance on Social Media where most people don’t question what they read.
The confidence person will hang out with experts when possible, to try to get people to trust them. Trump is always dropping names of people he knows to deflect his own lack of knowledge regarding a subject. He says he has talked to many Generals about military strategy. And those Generals are…?
Con men will agree with the common and trendy anger of the mob. Trump clearly tailors his message to whomever he is speaking to. He has made an art out of connecting with the angry voter who again, is often a less educated white male.
I believe I have proved my point that Donald Trump is a con man. As to whether he has Narcissistic Personality Disorder, I suspect he does, but I cannot definitively say for sure. People who have this disorder generally do not get better. Regardless if you are currently one of his supporters, do you really think he is stable enough to have the nuclear codes by his side? Moreover, he is not just a Con Man, he is a homophobe, a xenophobe, a racist, and a misogynist. What a guy!
Trump supporters please use your brain. Many of you like the idea of a wall to keep out Mexicans that Mexico will pay for. Think about that. If you’re the Mexican president and you agree to those terms, you’re political life will be over, you’ll be impeached or recalled, you’ll lose power due to a coup, or you’ll be dead. Do you really think Mexico is going to pay for the wall?
I believe Donald J. Trump is a very sick man. He cares only about himself and feeding his ego. There is no nice way to say this, but if you vote for Trump, quite frankly you are a fu*@#ng idiot.
P.S. After finishing this post and before I could publish it, I read a tweet from The Donald that almost knocked me over. Here it is:
Yes. Because American’s didn’t realize that radical Islamic terrorism was conducted by people who were … well… terrorists. But congrats Mr. Trump, you and about 3.5 billion others were right about that.