Multiple Therapists Confirm Trump Is Narcissist — What Does That Say About His Supporters?

Well, it’s confirmed – at least by a few mental health professionals. “Vanity Fair” asked some therapists to weigh in on The Donald’s mental health and their diagnosis is “Narcissistic Personality Disorder.”

Granted, it is widely viewed as an unethical practice to assess a patient one has never met but, aren’t these clinicians just pointing out the obvious?

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There’s nothing wrong with being confident, we are all attracted to that to a degree, but there is a fine line between confidence and being an egotist. However, Trump cannot even see that line in his rearview mirror.

Here are five opinions about Trump from mental health professionals:

Howard Gardner – Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Remarkably narcissistic.”


George Simon – Clinical Psychologist

“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.”


Charlotte Prozan – Psychotherapist

“He’s very easy to diagnose. In the first debate, he talked over people and was domineering. He’ll do anything to demean others, like tell Carly Fiorina he doesn’t like her looks. ‘You’re fired!’ would certainly come under lack of empathy. And he wants to deport immigrants, but [two of] his wives have been immigrants.

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.”


Wendy Terrie Behary -Licensed clinical social worker and author of “Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed”

“Narcissists are not necessarily liars, but they are notoriously uncomfortable with the truth.”


Ben Michaelis – Clinical Psychologist

“Textbook narcissistic personality disorder. This man is known for his golf courses, but, with due respect, who does he think works on these golf courses? Mr. Trump’s bullying nature—taunting Senator John McCain for being captured in Vietnam, or saying Jeb Bush has “low energy”—is in keeping with the narcissistic profile.

Regardless of how you feel about John McCain, the man served – and suffered. To degrade people is really part of a cluster-B personality disorder: it’s antisocial and shows a lack of remorse for other people. The way to make it O.K. to attack someone verbally, psychologically, or physically is to lower them. That’s what he’s doing.

He’s applying for the greatest job in the land, the greatest task of which is to serve, but there’s nothing about the man that is service-oriented. He’s only serving himself.”


Mr. Gardner said, “For me, the compelling question is the psychological state of his supporters. They are unable or unwilling to make a connection between the challenges faced by any president and the knowledge and behavior of Donald Trump. In a democracy, that is disastrous.”

Yes, indeed. This has disaster written all over it.

Featured image via Flickr/DonkeyHotey and modified by Elizabeth Preston | Trump quotes courtesy of Politico

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  • elf1 says:

    And the low-information voters are determined to do what they can to ensure that this impending disaster is fulfilled!

  • Otto Greif says:

    These people are unethical quacks.

  • Otto Greif says:

    The Principles of Medical Ethics With Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry: “On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.”

    • Jo Clark says:

      The butthurt is strong with you.

      • Otto Greif says:

        Medical ethics are important. These people should lose their licenses.

        • Dave Hartwick says:

          They are important. Also important to speak up if you see a risk, like a narcissist, maybe one that will become pathological (if not already so), potentially being elected to high office.

          • DavidBehar says:

            The reason the professional ethics require a personal interview and a consent to release information is that reading news articles is incomplete information, and most of it is hate speech by left wing biased reporters.

        • URNTJ007 says:

          These docs are only giving their professional opinion about a very public figure. I looked up the word narcissist in the dictionary and Donald Trump’s picture was right next to it.

      • DavidBehar says:

        Jo Clark. The gay is strong with you.

    • Marc Herlands says:

      Trump exhibits classical signs of a narcissistic personality disorder. That is not the same thing as giving a diagnosis. He may actually have other disorders, or none. But, he exhibits signs of disorder.

  • Eric Scoles says:

    I never agreed with John McCain about much, but I rarely* doubted that you could have an argument with him. That’s a big deal: If you can have an argument with someone, it means they’re willing to consider the possibility (however remote) that they might be wrong.

    *except for a period in the summer & fall of 2008, when he basically seemed to lose his mind.

  • Mybarkingdog says:

    A lot of politicians and business bigwigs have personality disorders but Trump brings it to a new level. This is a man who never asked for forgiveness because he never thought he did anything wrong. This pushes him into sociopathic territory.

  • DavidBehar says:

    From the Preamble to the Code of Ethics of the Am. Psychological Assn.

    Principle A: Beneficence and Nonmaleficence

    Psychologists strive to benefit those with whom they work
    and take care to do no harm. In their professional actions,
    psychologists seek to safeguard the welfare and rights of those with
    whom they interact professionally and other affected persons and the
    welfare of animal subjects of research.

  • Tigress says:

    If nothing else, Trump/Carson/Fiorina is a prime example of the importance of voting. I have urged my Republican friends to head to the polls in March (my state’s primary) and vote for anyone but Trump.

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