Donald Trump, a textbook narcissist

UPDATE: Hillary Clinton, a congenital liar

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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  • There you go again, you just can't help yourself.

    If Trump loses it will be because of 'cucked' RINOs. So terrified of change they'd rather take the whip and complain for the wear.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    If Trump loses he'll have nobody to blame but his insane self.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:


    State your position Jimmy.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    4zen, it doesn't look like you are persuading readers on any of the blogs. Now you are reduced to a barnyard expletive.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    I wasn't going to give Byrne click count, but I just wanted to see if a certain cancer had metastasized here. It had.

    It is one thing for this anti-Semite to insult me and call me a bigot, but apparently he has no problem insulting the Community Manager of chicagonow. Jimmy Greenfield should bar him, if nothing else, for manifest disrespect for the person who provided this Trump operative a forum.

  • In reply to jack:

    You cannot reproduce one anti-Semitic post of mine, that is just your code word for 'help! I've been intellectually bested.'

    I stand by my original post. If C.N. posters want to turn C.N. into a HuffPo echo chamber, then that is what it will become. It's not too far off now.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Obviously, I explained my position on the Quark and you rejected it, and more obviously if you don't even show common courtesy to the Community Manager, you deserve to be banned. Read what jnorto posted.
    Rest assured that both Jimmy and Dennis have your e-mail information, and will deal with a spammer like you as they see fit. But the disease you spread all over Chicago Now is going to be cured.

  • 'Cured?' Oh my Jack.

    Please explain my 'spammer' position, and notice you didn't refute my charge that you could not reproduce one anti-Semtic post of mine.

    Are you actually saying that conservatives on Chicago Now are at risk of having their information released if they do not take a progressive liberal position?...Jack, you are starting to look silly in front of Dennis, you remember, the guy you don't want to give click counts.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Look, in case you couldn't comprehend it, where I said twice on The Quark why I will not reply to your inquiries.

    But you are really off base if you think Dennis Byrne is not a conservative.

    Get this straight: You have become too incivil to be taken seriously as other than a flamer spammer.

    And, of course, an agent of Trump would never apologize to Greenfield, and would rely on a "barn yard epithet" as "logic."

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, I looked up 'flamer', It's doubtful you meant pyro tectonics.

    Urban dictionary, 'Flamer': Extremely flamboyant homosexual. Very bright clothing, loud speach, upbeat attitude, often noisy or annoying, intrusive. Very very gay.

    It appears you have taken 'bigot' to new heights, IMO you should apologize to everyone for your foul mouth.

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