Today was a low point, yet a turning point, in Donald Trump’s presidency. He spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, then in a speech at the White House he lashed out in vulgar terms at his opponents and thanked his supporters. But mainly he exalted himself. In these two speeches he revealed his true personality,
After observing the President for three years and interacting with each other at conferences and seminars, psychologists have come to a consensus that President Trump exhibits “narcissistic personality disorder” (NPD).
According to PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, “The hallmarks of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) are grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration. People with this condition are frequently described as arrogant, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. They may also have grandiose fantasies and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment. These characteristics typically begin in early adulthood and must be consistently evident in multiple contexts, such as at work and in relationships.
“People with NPD often try to associate with other people they believe are unique or gifted in some way, which can enhance their own self-esteem. They tend to seek excessive admiration and attention and have difficulty tolerating criticism or defeat.
According to the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition” (DSM-5), the Bible of pyschology:
“Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder . . . exhibit five or more of the following, which are present by early adulthood and across contexts:
“A grandiose sense of self-importance
Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
Belief that one is special and can only be understood by or associate with special people or institutions
A need for excessive admiration
A sense of entitlement (to special treatment)
Exploitation of others
A lack of empathy
Envy of others or the belief that one is the object of envy
Arrogant, haughty behavior or attitudes.”
The causes of NPD are unknown. Treatment is difficult because the of the sufferer’s “grandiosity and defensiveness . . . [make] it difficult for them to acknowledge problems and vulnerabilities.”
If the psychologists are correct, Donald Trump’s disorder will worsen. As a country we are in for a wild ride ahead. Fasten you’re seatbelts. “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”