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Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump's Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Highly respected mental health professionals have broken their silence.

"Too much is at stake."

By Kerry Eleveld:

Trump’s unhinged display underscored a letter published in the New York Times Tuesday and signed by 35 physicians and mental health professionals who broke with long-held ethics standards to address Trump's "grave emotional instability." They wrote: 

 Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists). In a powerful leader, these attacks are likely to increase, as his personal myth of greatness appears to be confirmed. We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president. The letter’s lead signatories were Lance Dodes, a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Joseph Schachter, former chair of the Committee on Research Proposals for the International Psychoanalytic Association. They noted that they finally broke their "self-imposed" silence because it had "resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time." We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer. 

As I have noted before, public discussion of Trump's mental health has been mostly taboo, but the dam is beginning to break."


Trump's mental instability was horribly on display when he called on a journalist whom he hoped would ask him a "friendly, easy" question. An orthodox Jewish journalist, Jake Turx, from a small publication, Ami Magazine, rose and stated at the start that he appreciates that Mr. Trump has a Jewish son-in-law, daughter, and grandchildren, and that he knows Trump is not anti-Semitic.

The journalist then spoke about his and other Jewish leaders' concerns about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish temples and other places, and asked Trump if he could speak about this.

Trump obviously did not listen to what the young journalist said because he became visibly angered, rudely told him to sit down, "be quiet!" then raged about how he was "the least anti-Semitic person" and "least racist person," and that the question was "unfair."

Like all those who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder, Trump made the question about himself, became defensive, and humiliated the poor journalist in front of everyone in the room and in the viewing audience.

It was a sickening display of Trump's vicious temperament and his inability to control his emotions, even though Turx started the question by flattering Trump.

How would Trump deal with a foreign leader he misunderstood?  Do we really want to wait around to see what will happen?


Jerry Critter said...


Infidel753 said...

Like all those who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder, Trump made the question about himself, became defensive, and humiliated the poor journalist

Trump's shoulders are piled high with chips. He looks for opportunities to take offense and then squash people. This is just the latest and most obvious example.

At the same time, he energetically sets out to offend others, and claims he's just "telling it like it is". And he's oblivious to the irony.

It's hard to imagine anyone less suited to deal with those foreign leaders.

Ducky's here said...

“The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake.”

--Lord Dampnut

Stephen B. said...

"Obamacare is a disaster, folks. It it's disaster. I know you can say, oh, Obamacare. I mean, they fill up our alleys with people that you wonder how they get there, but they are not the Republican people that our representatives are representing."

Donald Trump, explaining that the hundreds of thousands of Americans marching in the streets and filling the airports and town hall meetings aren't republicans so they shouldn't expect to be represented by the government.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Hey, Trumpistas! Where's the outrage?

Trump family trips cost taxpayers $11.3m in one month – almost as much as Obama’s cost in a year

Jaunts to estate in Mar-a-Lago, and secret service charges for his son's business trips across the globe, are costing American taxpayers


This is why so many people do not respect Lord Dampnut and his supporters. They bellowed like jackals every time the Obamas got on Air Force One to take a vacation (Obama took fewer vacas than any other modern president, BTW). But the righties are completely silent on how much money the Trumps are costing the taxpayers for their weekend getaways less than a month in office. Plus his sons jaunts around the globe to increase Trump's busine$$e$. SILENCE.

Hypocrites isn't a good enough word to describe them.

Les Carpenter said...

On one of the wingnut trumpanzee sites the word is tax payer dollars are not being used to support His Lordship's weekend time at Mar Largo with Lady Melania.

These folks are either delusional or stupid. That and they have no idea what fiscal conservatism should be about.

Oh the irony.

Shaw Kenawe said...

RN: "These folks are either delusional or stupid."

Well, they're both if they believe tax payers aren't footing the bill for the Trumps' imperial lifestyle.

But to say they're both delusional and stupid is just stating the obvious.

Anonymous said...

"Trump mixes business with pleasure. His accommodations at
Mar Largo are not paid for by the tax payer like many of the parties the Obamas hosted at the WH like royalty." --Wingnut

Old Saying: "It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful."

Les Carpenter said...

It is true folks can be both smart and stupid. Perhaps when these folks are stupid it is because they are just ill imformed. With respect to the otherwise smart Trumpanzees it is willfully ill informed. Which is to say they are stupid in regard to Trump.

But I guess that's just stating the obvious.

John I said...

I think that there is more method than madness here. His ability to perform like this in such a convincing manner stems from his twisted egomania. But there are thousands of people with these symptoms that are not leader of the free world.

He is trying to march us towards the kind of order only fascism and totalitarianism can give us.