Shrinks Try To Answer Just What We’ve All Been Wondering: What The Hell Is Wrong With Donald Trump?


There’s something wrong with Donald Trump. Anyone who has ever watched the bloviating goon talk can see this. He’s narcissistic to the extreme, bigoted, and just plain nuts on so many levels. However, the average person isn’t a therapist. But, now, there seem to be therapists out there who want to give Trump a real, psychologist approved diagnosis.

A recent article in the popular magazine Vanity Fair addresses Trump’s potential mental health issues, with the help of therapists. The piece, entitled “Is Donald Trump Actually a Narcissist? Therapists Weigh In!” has some interesting revelations about The Donald. Here’s the word from a few therapists via Vanity Fair and  Liberals Unite:

“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. “Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.”

So, basically, it’s just as we suspected — narcissism to the point of having an actual personality disorder. Not exactly the kind of guy you want being POTUS. Here’s another snippet of expertise on Trump, courtesy of psychotherapist Charlotte Prozan:

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.”

Ben Michaelis weighed in again, this time reminding us all of the horrific way in which Trump spoke about John McCain being a prisoner of war:

“In the field we use clusters of personality disorders. 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 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.”

Michaelis also goes on to point out how Trump was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but still manages to be terrible with money — yet seems to believe he can solve America’s economic woes:

“This man has been given more than anyone could ever hope for, yet he’s failed miserably time and time again.”

Lastly, but not least, Vanity Fair heard from Licensed clinical social worker Wendy Terrie Behary, who also literally wrote the book on dealing with a supreme narcissist like Trump. The book is entitled Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed. Here is what Behary had to say:

“Narcissists are not necessarily liars, but they are notoriously 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 or squander their success is so difficult to their self-esteem that they feel ashamed. We call it the narcissistic injury. They’re uncomfortable with their own limitations. It’s not that they’re cut out to lie, it’s just that they can’t handle what’s real.”

Perhaps the best part is that the therapists were asked what they’d do with Trump if he were to come to them for mental health treatment. Here’s what they would “work on”:

“I’d be shocked if he walked in my door,” said Behary. “Most narcissists don’t seek treatment unless there’s someone threatening to take something away from them. There’d have to be some kind of meaningful consequence for him to come in.” Simon concurred but added, “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. 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.”

The worst part of all is just what we on the left have known — and been increasingly horrified by –since The Trump Show started: His fans are crazy as hell too, perhaps even more so than he is. Gardner told Vanity Fair:

“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.”

Disastrous is exactly what a world in which Donald Trump runs America would be, and that is nothing short of absolutely terrifying. Get some help, Mr. Trump. You and your followers clearly need it. Even the professionals say so.

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