Ex-president Trump’s rants since the FBI’s August 8 search his Lar-a-Lago home/hotel, with the documents recovered, beam a spotlight beneath the reach of Donald’s mental illness.
I’ve written this before, but the potentially devastating impact on America’s Democracy of Donald Trump’s “Malignant Personality Disorder” (NPD) cannot be enough repeated or overstated.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) defines (NPD) as, “a persistent manner of grandiosity, a continuous desire for admiration, along with a lack of empathy. It starts in early adulthood and occurs in a range of situations, as signified by the existence of any 5 of the next 9 standards,
- A grandiose logic of self-importance
- A fixation with fantasies of infinite success, control, brilliance, beauty or idyllic love
- A credence that he or she is extraordinary and exceptional and can only be understood by, or should connect with, other extraordinary or important people or institutions
- A desire for unwarranted admiration
- A sense of entitlement
- Interpersonal oppressive behavior
- No form of empathy
- Resentment of others or a conviction that others are resentful of him or her
Nine for nine folks! A slam-dunk!
DSM5 does not define “Malignant Narcissism.” Campbell’s Psychiatric Dictionary describes it as combining characteristics of Narcissistic and Antisocial Personality Disorders with aggression and paranoia, making the patient not only delusional but potentially dangerous!
If DSM5 and NPD sound like smart-assed talk of psychiatric wonks, observe and think for yourself. Remember the railroad crossing warning: stop, look, listen!
At risk of overtaxing the metaphor, is Donald’s Express blinded by its own luster? Does it see itself as the locomotive commanding the tracks? Does it feel admired and entitled? Does it feel resented and unappreciated? Does it give a damn who it injures or kills‽
When we observe and think, it’s a no brainer.