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?
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
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.