For me, when I see a Donald Trump in action, I am saddened. He is gifted at being able to communicate well by truly reading his audience and by giving them what they want. He has done what has been thought by the entire political world, as “mission impossible.’ To date, he has astounded the punditry universe, the media and the political elite with his ability to prevail in the polls and in the accumulation of delegates while spending less without outside funds than all his competitors. As he ventures forth to win the prize of becoming the next republican presidential nominee, he has tapped into how angry American folks are with the political establishment and is forcing those leaders in both parties to acknowledge their tin ears.
For the first time in years, those in power are acknowledging the neglect of average American workers who have been experiencing frustration with stagnant wages for decades, lack of availability of jobs that pay above a living wage; jobs going out of the country; companies hiring H1B and L1B visa foreign professionals to replace American workers at a lower pay scale; college students incurring mortgage size loans with high interest rates; racism, injustice and the divide among peoples not being made better; the incurring of the $1.7 trillion dollar debt to pay for US interference in middle east countries which have left all of us less safe than before 9/11/2001, and the gridlock in the US congress to the point that nothing gets done that benefits the lives of everyday folks.
It’s too bad that the messenger is flawed. I am convinced that should he prevail to become the next republican nominee to vie for the position of the US presidency, that his chances for success is DOA. In general, most women have a visceral negative reaction to Donald Trump.
On 3/25/ 16 the author Hunter of Daily Kos reports that a new CNN poll released (a day earlier), “found that 73 percent of registered female voters in the United States had an unfavorable view of Donald Trump. That’s in line with a Reuters poll from last week that found more than half of American women hold a “very unfavorable” view of the billionaire.”
“That poll is matched by an NBC poll putting the number at 70 percent, and even that may be underestimating the antipathy America’s women hold toward Donald Trump.”
“That gives him a huge number of voters he has to make up from somewhere,” said American University political science professor Karen O’Connor. “And I don’t know where they will come from.”
It is my opinion that he reminds too many women, of a former narcissist boyfriend or partner that they are fortunate enough to no longer have an association. Once again, the Clinton couple are blessed by their enemies. While there are men out there who may not care to vote for Hillary Clinton, they are far outmatched by women’s strong aversion towards Donald Trump. During the general election, this match between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump goes to the democrat, Mrs. Clinton.
This DSM definition of Narcissistic Personality from Wikipedia matches Donald Trump’s persona perfectly:
- “Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievement).”
- “Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.”
- “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).”
- “Requires excessive admiration.”
- “Has a sense of entitlement (i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations).”
- ‘Is inter-personally exploitative (i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends).”
- “Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.”
- “Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.”
- “Show arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.”
- “In its more extreme forms, it is narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). NPD is considered to result from a person’s belief that they are flawed in a way that makes them fundamentally unacceptable to others. This belief is held below the person’s conscious awareness; such a person would, if questioned, typically deny thinking such a thing. To protect themselves against the intolerably painful rejection and isolation that (they imagine) would follow if others recognized their (perceived) defective nature, such people make strong attempts to control others’ views of them and behavior towards them.Another narcissist symptom is a lack of empathy. They are unable to relate, understand, and rationalize the feelings of others. Instead of behaving in a way that shows how they are feeling in the moment, they behave in the way that they feel they are expected to behave or that gives them the most attention.”
- “Narcissistic individuals use various strategies to protect the self at the expense of others. They tend to devalue, derogate, insult, blame others and they often respond to threatening feedback with anger and hostility.””People who are narcissistic commonly feel rejected, humiliated and threatened when criticized. To protect themselves from these dangers, they often react with disdain, rage, and/or defiance to any slight criticism, real or imagined.”Although individuals with NPD are often ambitious and capable, the inability to tolerate setbacks, disagreements or criticism, along with lack of empathy, make it difficult for such individuals to work cooperatively with others or to maintain long-term professional achievements.”
While therapy for the narcissist can be effective, people rarely seek it because NPD sufferers deny having a problem. Most cannot see the harm they do to themselves, to others and to their personal relationships. If they do seek therapy, it is almost always at the insistence of relatives and friends. And even then, they will fool a therapist who does not have experience with treating NPD individuals. It is a rare event for someone with a Donald Trump ego to voluntarily seek help.
There are therapists weighing in on this subject. In the 11/11/15 Vanity Fair edition, Henry Alford writes about this, “As his presidential campaign trundles forward, millions of sane Americans are wondering: What exactly is wrong with this strange individual? The article is titled, “Is Donald Trump Actually a Narcissist? Therapists Weigh In!” And the following are excerpts”
“For mental-health professionals, Donald Trump is at once easily diagnosed but slightly confounding. “Remarkably narcissistic,” said developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. “Textbook narcissistic personality disorder,” echoed clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis. “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,” said clinical psychologist George Simon, who conducts lectures and seminars on manipulative behavior.”
“That mental-health professionals are even willing to talk about Trump in the first place may attest to their deep concern about a Trump presidency. As Dr. Robert Klitzman, a professor of psychiatry and the director of the master’s of bioethics program at Columbia University, pointed out, the American Psychiatric Association declares it unethical for psychiatrists to comment on an individual’s mental state without examining him personally and having the patient’s consent.”
“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. “In the field we use clusters of personality disorders,” Michaelis said. “Narcissism is in cluster B, which means it has similarities with histrionic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder. There are similarities between them. Regardless of how you feel about John McCain, the man served—and suffered. Narcissism is an extreme defense against one’s own feelings of worthlessness. To degrade people is 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, or psychologically, is to lower them.”
“What of Trump’s tendency to position himself as a possible savior to the economy despite the fact that four of his companies have declared bankruptcy? “It’s mind-boggling to me that that’s not the story,” said Michaelis. “This man has been given more than anyone could ever hope for,” he added, referring to the fact that Trump is not wholly self-made. Licensed clinical social worker Wendy Terrie Behary, the author of Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed, said, “Narcissists are not necessarily liars, but they are uncomfortable with the truth. The truth means the potential to feel ashamed. If all they have to show the world as a source of feeling acceptable is their success and performance, be it in business or sports or celebrity, then the risk of people seeing them fail is so difficult to their self-esteem that they feel ashamed. We call it the narcissistic injury.”
“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. The kind of approach that can have some impact is confrontational. It confronts distorted thinking and behavior patterns in the here-and-now moment when the narcissists are doing their thing in the session. It’s confronted on the spot; you invite them to do something different, then you reinforce them for doing so.”