Donald Trump: The Very Embodiment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 10th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ldxk43b/
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To watch Donald Trump in action is to witness the antics of a classic narcissist.

"I'm rich." "I'm powerful." "I will make America great again."

As we watch Donald Trump bloviate his way toward the Republican nomination for president of the United States, we cannot help but be struck by his inflated sense of self-importance and his callous and contemptuous dismissals of everyone who disagrees with him. Trump, a master manipulator, has both the mainstream media and the Republican base eating out of his hand. His bombastic pronouncements make good copy, drawing blanket coverage, and his simplistic immigrant bashing plays to the inherent racism of the Republican base.

Trump has the CEO mentality, which is autocratic and dictatorial, and he thinks he can run the country like he runs his business. The problem is the United States government is not a corporation, and it cannot be managed as such. A president has to win the approval of Congress in order to implement his programs. Often he is forced to compromise. Trump, however, sees compromise as a sign of weakness, the province of those he calls "idiots" and "dummies."

Narcissistic personality disorder - the symptoms

The web site www.psychcentral.com, which for 20 years has been universally respected as an authority on psychological matters and issues, contends that in order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), he or she must meet five of more of the following symptoms:

1. "Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior..."

Trump is constantly telling us how rich he is, and according to Forbes and Business Insider, he has inflated his worth to the tune of several billion dollars.

2. "Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance..."


At his rallies, Trump says "I will win so often you will get bored with winning."

3. "Believes that he or she is 'special' and unique..."

4. "Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance..."

Trump regularly cites the fact that "I'm really smart. I went to Wharton School of Finance."

5. "Requires excessive admiration."


6. "Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations."

7. "Is exploitative of others
, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends."

8. "Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others."

Almost daily Trump directs insulting remarks at his rivals, such as calling Jeb Bush a "lightweight" and saying "Rick Perry put on eyeglasses so people will think he's smart." He went after Carly Fiorina's looks, saying "Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?"

9. "Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes."

While the psychological and psychiatric community say that a person needs to meet five of the criteria listed above to be considered as having NPD, it seems to this observer that Trump exhibits the unmistakable symptoms of all nine of them.

Link: Donald Trump - The Would Be Dictator

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author avatar Retired
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Surely the wheels have go to fall off his bandwagon some time, haven't they?

A Times feature writer commented today that Trump's use of English was interesting, in that he appears to have a dozen words for "stoopid" but none for "empathy".

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Republicans love CEO types. That's why they nominated Mitt Romney and that's why they love Trump. Narcissists and sociopaths (which I believe Trump is) are incapable of empathy.

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author avatar Hugo La Rosa
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Great article!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Hugo. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Retired
11th Sep 2015 (#)

That style of management is SO 1980s! A President has to realise that you make progress in the world through conciliation and compromise, not by demanding instant obedience.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Sep 2015 (#)

None of the Republicans, not just Trump, seem not to understand that.

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author avatar M G Singh
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Human beings by nature like order and Donald appears to promise it. The voter is fickle. After all Hitler was voted into power. I feel Donald has an appeal and he is promising a dream and order. He may well win.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Sep 2015 (#)

When people become disenchanted enough and feel all is falling apart, that's when they are most likely to vote for autocrats and fascists.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Donald says a lot of truth in many topics, as President I doubt his capabilities as one. He thinks being president is just like a TV show he wrong and stupid all the time. So far hes ahead in the polls, but who are involved in those. Lets hear the next circus, Sorry I meant debate! What kind of foreign policy he will offer, jobs and stable economy and student loans!

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author avatar Carol Roach
11th Sep 2015 (#)

I don't know what it is, except to say that the voters seem to like a rogue. It is a sad sad state of affairs for America

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Indeed it is.

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author avatar Shamarie
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Steve, you know Donald Trump very well. Ha! Donald Trump is somebody that loves talking about himself, which is going to get boring very soon!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Sep 2015 (#)

As far as I'm concerned, it already got boring. Thanks for commenting Shamarie.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
11th Sep 2015 (#)

When a mighty Nation like America can only parade buffoons that they scrape from the bottom of the barrel masquerading as Presidential material ... then the whole world needs to run and hide .!
Sorry Steve, that wasn't one of my most gracious comments ... but it was as truthful as I could make it .
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Stella. I appreciate all of your comments, even the not so gracious ones.

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author avatar Retired
12th Sep 2015 (#)

Donald Trump is an egomaniac who is too busy admiring himself in a mirror to have any time to formulate coherent policy. Hopefully the overexposure he is receiving on "impartial" stations like CNN will allow people to see that he sounds like a broken record.

He says the exact same thing every time. That he is up in all the polls. That he is so very smart. That he went to a renowned business school. That he is rich. That he is fabulous. Every other word out of his mouth is "I" or "me." It's a shame we've come to this.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Sep 2015 (#)

What is astounding is that Republicans lap up his garbage. Then again, maybe it's not so surprising, given the collective Republican brain.

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author avatar writestuff
17th Sep 2015 (#)

Great post. GOP wantabes gravitate to his image making hype. Unfortunately, their reality is based in an impossible dream: 'I am the same as he is because I aspire to the same dreams.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Sep 2015 (#)

Exactly. Thanks for commenting writestuff.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
10th Nov 2015 (#)

You summed him up perfectly! The man scares me. He is completely void of any and all emotion.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Nov 2015 (#)

Indeed he is. Thank you for commenting Sherri.

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