Many psychologists have been observing Donald Trump’s campaign for president and have come to a similar conclusion: He is mentally ill.
We’re not making a joke, either, as mental illness is not funny. Several prominent psychologists have said that Trump displays a textbook case of narcissistic personality disorder.
Vanity Fair talked with psychologist Ben Michaelis who said Trump absolutely displayed “Textbook narcissistic personality disorder.” Another clinical psychologist, George Simon told Vanity Fair:
“He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics, … Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.”
Here is the actual, textbook definition of narcissistic personality disorder, from the Mayo Clinic:
“If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement — and when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.”
Asked what, if Mr. Trump were their patient, they would “work on” with him, several of the therapists laughed.
“I’d be shocked if he walked in my door,” said Behary. “Most narcissists don’t seek treatment unless there’s someone threatening to take something away from them. There’d have to be some kind of meaningful consequence for him to come in.”
Simon concurred but added, “There is help available, but it doesn’t look like the help people are used to. It’s not insight-oriented psychotherapy, because narcissists already have insight. They’re aware; the problem is, they don’t care. They know how you’d like them to act; the problem is, they’ve got a different set of rules. The kind of approach that can have some impact is confrontational. It confronts distorted thinking and behavior patterns in the here-and-now moment when the narcissists are doing their thing in the session. It’s confronted on the spot; you invite them to do something different, then you reinforce them for doing so.”
If that isn’t Donald Trump, nothing is. Watch Donald Trump tell the Morning Joe crew on MSNBC who his top advisor is:
That is insane. Donald Trump believes he has “a good brain” and therefore can learn what he needs to learn to be president just based on his own instinct and past decisions.
There are few words for how incredibly insane that is. Ultimately, it will be the downfall of his campaign. Surely there are people in his inner circle giving him different advice than he gives himself, but he won’t listen, and it’s going to cost him the White House. Thank God.
Here’s the Vanity Fair article