Until recently, psychologists weren’t allowed to assess public figures, particularly political ones, and share their findings with journalists. But now mental health experts are talking about Trump, his personality and their eerie comparisons with classic traits of mental illness and malignant narcissism.
1. TEMPERAMENTALLY UNFIT
Hillary Clinton claimed Trump was temperamentally unfit to be President. Now recently, psychologists like John D. Gartner claim he is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.
2. MALIGNANT NARCISSISM
It’s the most common diagnosis among psychologists like Gartner and clinical psychologist Dr. Julie Futrell, who claims that this condition is a mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression and sadism, all qualities allegedly found in Trump.
3. TRAITS OF INSTABILITY
Grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to criticism and the inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality are all traits of instability which professors of Harvard Medical School and the University of California claim Trump shows signs of.
4. BANISHING THE THREAT
Banishing or scapegoating groups of people who are seen as a threat is also a sign of narcissism, which sounds eerily similar to the degradation, and ridiculing of immigrants and religious minorities that we’ve seen from Trump since he took office.
5. THE CULT OF THE STRONG MAN
Trump expects to be recognized as superior and fosters a cult following by appealing to fear and anger. In the process, he appears to have little use for rational persuasion, which, according to The American Psychiatry Association are traits of narcissism.
6. SPECIAL AND UNIQUE
Psychologists have also observed that Trump believes that he’s special and unique and can only be understood by other special or high status people or institutions, but given the fact that he’s super rich and the President of the U.S., you can’t really hold that against him.
7. LIFE’S A SHOW
Narcissists often depend on their performance. So in essence, they become consummate actors. According to Michael D’Antonio, who interviewed Tom Griffin, the estate owner of Cock & Bull restaurant, Griffin described Trump as if he were “playing Trump”, as if he’s playing a role on the London stage.
8. HE’S A SKY HIGH EXTROVERT
Trump has a low agreeableness level that is off-the-chart, but his driven, restless, outgoing, exuberant manners are some of the things that make him socially dominant in business and in politics.
9. HE REQUIRES EXCESSIVE ADMIRATION
According to psychologists, Trump is prompted by the activity of dopamine circuits in his brain, and like most narcissists with features of high extraversion, he is relentless when it comes to reward-seeking, even if that means putting others down to raise himself up.
10. HE LACKS EMPATHY
Psychologists would agree that too much of a good thing is bad, and although Trump is driven, he often shows no empathy or identifying with the feelings and needs of others, according to psychologists. A perfect example is the travel ban, the immigration crackdown, and the Dakota Pipelines, which once again saw Native American rights trumped on.