Of the many things that can be said of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, let’s not leave out narcissist. He’s a textbook narcissist according to most definitions.
Here is one according to BPDCentral, a site that focuses on borderline personality disorders. It defines narcissism as:
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
- Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
- Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
- Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
- Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
- Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
- Requires excessive admiration
- Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
- Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
- Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
Remember, it only takes five of these to be regarded as a narcissist. Trump excels in almost even item.
The next question, then, is: can Donald Trump, as president, be trusted to ever act on someone else’s behalf? Or will he always make decisions, especially snap decisions, based on what is good for him based on what feeds his narcissist personality?
I thought that perhaps if he surrounded himself with competent men and women advisors, he might listen. The idea that Trump will listen to reason is that last, best hope for the possibility that he could govern wisely. I’m now doubtful that it will happen. Trump’s latest staff shakeup puts his campaign in the hands of some people who are just as confrontational as Trump.
If you’re not scared enough, here’s more on narcissism from PsychAlive.
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