Does the GOP Nominee for President, Donald Trump, Have a Mental Illness?
Mental Illness and the Presidency
THIS, OF COURSE, IS A VERY SERIOUS AND SENSITIVE SUBJECT. If a person is not mentally capable of performing the duties of the Office of the Presidency in a consistent, coherent, thoughtful, balanced, calm manner that won't endanger the national security of America, then the People need to know. While I may have made fun of President Bush's mental acumen, it was never serious and I have never questioned any candidates mental stability as it relates to performing the job in the past; and that would include people like Senator Cruz whose politics I find abominable. There have been good people running for office that have been destroyed because of careless, pointless claims by the opposition that they are unfit for the job because of past mental issues, mainly depression. So I don't take what follows lightly, but the stakes are much too high not to bring it up.
The Atlantic did a wonderful piece on Donald Trump that fits right with the hub, The Mind of Donald Trump
Anti-Social Personality Disorder
THIS IS THE BROAD CATEGORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS which I think might apply to Donald Trump. I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist; I am not a medical professional in any shape or form. What I am is a concerned citizen who can read, think, reason, and analyze information. In fact, my background is in economic and cost analysis which means collecting information processing it and drawing reasoned conclusions from it is what I did for work. I feel that qualifies me to identify relevant information regarding symptoms of mental disease as well as well documented behavior and present the two side-by-side for the reader to draw their own conclusions.
Any specific mental illness, like every other feature of human life, has symptoms and characteristics spread over a continuum. Take depression; of which I am personally familiar with. You can be temporarily depressed, like over the loss of a loved one; it is very real and may even express itself outwardly; but it will almost always go away. Then there may be more chronic depression which extends over time which may have impact ones ability to function normally, or at least not at full capacity (that was me for about 8 months sixteen years ago). Depression can also worsen into what I will call clinical depression requiring serious intervention by professionals and will probably result in serious deterioration in the quality of ones life, possibly leading to suicide. It would be my opinion that is this one of the few conditions that would make one unfit to run the country is the last one; or maybe more serious forms of the second example. I effectively and successfully held down a fairly high profile, somewhat stressful job during those eight miserable months; but I sure didn't want to.
That is what I mean by the continuum. While all examples are forms of a mental illness, only the most extreme versions make one unfit, in fact in some cases downright dangerous, to place the kind of responsibility required for the President of the United States.
So, What Do We Observe of Donald Trump?
BEFORE GETTING INTO THE SPECIFICS OF WHAT APPEARS TO ME TO BE troubling Donald Trump, let me describe in some detail the outward behavior I see which has been confirmed by many others.
- Donald Trump is an over-the-top, larger-than-life character
- He brags about himself every chance he gets; not just normal self-promotion, but promotion to an excess
- Their isn't a speech he gives where he doesn't come across as conceited
- By looking at his life style he appeas to be very pretentious, he wants you to know he is wealthy and he brags about it.
- There is hardly a time when speaking to the public that he doesn't belittle somebody, often several somebodies
- He clearly cannot take the tiniest of criticisms without lashing out in great verbal assaults, Hillary was quite right when she famously observed that Trump "can be baited by a tweet".
- He obviously thinks he is more important than anybody else
- There is no question about his desire to be admired
- He has a long, recorded history of taking unfair advantage of others to get what he wants
- He repeatedly claims how great he is, that nobody is a good has him clearly demonstrates is oversized egos.
- His making fun of a disabled reporter or denigrating the Kahn Gold Family strongly.indicates a distinct inability to recognize the needs of others or feel empathy.
- Can anyone doubt he constantly behaves in a haughty and arrogant manner?
- He is charming, self-assured, engaging, slick, and verbally facile; he is not afraid to say anything, no matter how inappropriate or insulting
- At his rallies he sometimes looks to be a great listener and easily fakes empathy while zeroing in on his targets’ dreams and vulnerabilities, to be able to manipulate them better. An example of this is when he recently mollified a mother at a rally whose baby was crying baby by saying "he loves babies ... don't worry. Then two minutes later he tells the mother he was just kidding and "get the baby out of here" or some such words.
- "Only I can do it" is an example of his grandiose self-worth
- Politifact and other rating agencies have found that more than 50% of his claims are lies, (personally I think it is higher) many of them bald-faced lies. He is, in my opinion, a pathological liar.
- I have seen no indication what so ever that he feels any guilt for his outlandish behavior
- At least in one regard he exhibits, at least in public, a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite of signs of open gregariousness and superficial warmth.
- Almost every time I seem him he appears irritability, annoyed, inpatient, aggressive, threatening (at least verbally), verbally abusive, unable to control his anger. and acting hastily (Trump acting thoughtfully, haven't see it yet.)
- Donald Trump has yet to accept responsibility for anything wrong he has done while campaigning; he always blames someone else.
- Even with what everybody else knows are serious missteps and that have caused him political harm, he has almost without exception, failed to learn from it.
- Donald Trump appears to remain calm and to be immune from anxiety and worry that would be normal for people in disturbing situations. He easily maintains his poise and confidence in situations when you and I would be embarrassed, confused or insecure,
Trump is one of the most impulsive people I have ever seen, at least in campaign mode
The Great, The Only, The Donald
Let's Leave It Here For the Moment
I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN, if I can get your participation in the poll below to see 1) how correct or incorrect I am and 2) what y'all, together, think his real characteristics are. Above are 23 different impressions I have of Donald Trump that I have gained over the course of this election plus what I have seen of him in his past life. What I am curious about, and which will help me finish this hub, is how many of those 23 you AGREE with.
Now, each of you will agree or disagree with different sets of those I have listed, but it is the total each of you come up with that is important to the rest of this hub. Once I see where this is going, then I can continue on and let you know how your votes guide what I write next.
HOW MUCH ARE WE IN AGREEMENT
Simply Count the Number of Statements I Made That You Think Describe Donald Trump?See results without voting
Continuing the Hub (9/19/16)
HAVING WAITED LONG ENOUGH FOR A FEW VOTES TO COME IN (!!), it is time to move on with the rest of this hub and get into the meat of it.
At the moment, 1 person thinks Trump matches 0 - 9% of the choices, 1 thinks he matches 13 - 22% of my observations; 1 more thinks he matches between 26 and 39%; while the remaining 8 thinks Trump fits between 86 to 100%.
Assuming from Demographic Survey #1 that 22% if the 11 respondents (2.4) are self identified Liberals, the remaining 5.6 people who decided fit most of the characterizations are unbiased moderates or something other than Right, Left, or Independent. The 3 who found that I didn't describe Trump well are also unbiased. So, at least at this point, I concluded that unbiased voters agree with my assessment.
OK then, what does my assessment signify?
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
EARLIER I GAVE A SECTION THE TITLE OF Anti-social Personality Disorder, APD for short. This one is titled Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). APD and NPD are two related yet distinct disorders. Other names for APD are Psychopathic PD and Sociopathic PD; APD is the latest incarnation. Also know that APD is much more sinister than NPD. That said, it is my opinion that Donald A. Trump certainly suffers from NPD but also exhibits some of APD's less violent characteristics.
The Table below details the basic symptoms from the DSM IV, the psychiatrist's bible to mental illness.
DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY #1
To Help Gauge the Results From the First Poll; Please Let Me Know Where You Stand PoliticallySee results without voting
- Narcissistic Personality Inventory: Narcissism Test
A very interesting 40 question survey followed about facts on NPD
- Anti-Social Personality Disorder (APD) - DSM IV
Describes the DSM IV symptoms of APD
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
Describes the DSM IV symptoms of NPD
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