Unsurprisingly, many people, especially among the educated classes, realize that Donald Trump is not in normal mental health. He seems to only display one emotion–anger. I have never heard of him crack a joke and never seen him smile. I have never heard him express empathy for another person. People with whom you or I might sympathize, Donald Trump calls “losers.” He said to Larry King, “Do you mind if I sit back a little? Because your breath is very bad. It really is. Has this been told to you before?”
He seems to have no sense of right and wrong. What is important to him is winning. He was quite willing to take money from people of limited means who had to go tens of thousands of dollars into debt to attend Trump university, and was quite willing to keep that money while giving nothing in return. He is extremely aggressive. He claims to have punched his second-grade music teacher in the eye, “because I didn’t think he knew anything about music.”
He has an exaggerated sense of self-importance. “When people see the beautiful marble in Trump Tower, they usually have no idea what I went through personally to achieve the end result. No one cares about the blood, sweat, and tears that art or beauty require.” Of course, the architect may have had some influence on the building’s design, but according to Donald Trump, he did it himself.
Then there is the gem that I believe everybody has heard, “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.” To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a presidential candidate has implied that his sexual organ is “long and beautiful.”
A person with those symptoms has a mental condition called narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). If you would like to read more about why several psychologists have stated their belief that Donald Trump read the article “Donald Trump” by Dan P. McAdams in The Atlantic online by clicking here or the article “Less Than Artful Choices: Narcissistic Personality Disorder by Maria Konnikova on bigthink.com by clicking here.
What exactly is NPD? According to the Mayo Clinic, the criteria are:
- Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
- Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
- Exaggerating your achievements and talents
- Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
- Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
- Requiring constant admiration
- Having a sense of entitlement
- Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
- Taking advantage of others to get what you want
- Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
- Being envious of others and believing others envy you
- Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner
As you look over the list of criteria above, can you think of even one that does not apply to Donald Trump?
In the August 2016 of Harpers, Martin Amis argues in an article entitled “Don the Realtor” that Donald Trump’s mental condition is getting worse. I will not go through Martin Amis’ article in detail, but you can read it online by clicking here. The title was obviously inspired by Joe the Plumber, whom you may remember from the 2008 presidential campaign.
Martin Amis bases his argument on two books allegedly authored by Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal published in 1987 and Crippled America published in 2015. Quoting from both books, Mr. Amis claims that remarks attributed to Donald Trump show a deteriorated mental state in the second book.
The problem I have with this analysis is that we now know that Donald Trump has never written a book. He pays ghost writers to write books and has his own name placed on the cover as author. It is questionable if Donald Trump has even read either book or any book for that matter. How do we know that Donald Trump made the remarks attributed to him in the books.
We know that the ghost writers invented a fictitious Donald Trump, and it seems probable that the quotes are factitious, too. I am practically certain that the two books were written by different people who had two different writing styles and would therefore would have taken different approaches to making up quotes to attribute to Donald Trump.
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