Megalomania, thy name is Donald TrumpEditorial, Top Highlights Thursday, August 4th, 2016
The polls after the Democratic Convention indicate that Hillary Clinton has a seven to nine-point lead over Donald Trump for the presidency. I am sure Trump will stop talking about polls again. The only time that Trump talked about the national polls was the week after his convention, essentially the only time he has led Clinton.
Trump is a classic megalomaniac, also known as someone suffering from severe narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). The mental disorder is characterized by a person who has an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. Behind this mask of super confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism. Sound familiar?
For over one year, Trump has put on the most incredible show of narcissism ever on display in American politics. If you have been paying the slightest attention to the presidential race, you have seen Trump say “he” will “Make America Great Again.” Trump is the kind of boss that takes credit for your work when you do well and belittles you when you make a mistake. If you ever listen to a Trump riff during a stump speech look at how much he uses the word “I.”
While I believe all people who run for president are a bit narcissistic by nature, so are most people. It is when the love of self goes off the rails that a person has NPD.
What could underscore Trump’s deep need for admiration than his run for president? The presidency of the United States is the most admired and powerful position in the world. It can be argued that the Pope is more admired but a person can’t be independently elected Pope unless you are a priest and not a woman. Kind of decision you need to make early in life. Trump has gotten millions of votes from his admiring supporters, feeding his ego like it has never been fed before. But the presidential stage also draws criticism, something a megalomaniac cannot tolerate.
The reason Trump develops those derogatory nicknames for his political competitors is to elevate his own self-importance and to retaliate for attacks on his fragile self-esteem. Trump belittling his competitors is just a simple reaction to their attacks against him. Little Marco, Lyin’ Ted, Low Energy Jeb, Crooked Hillary, all signs of Trump trying to fool people into thinking he doesn’t care about what these people think of him. Nothing can be farther from the truth.
Last week, the Khan family whose son was killed in Iraq, stood before the Democratic Convention and took Trump to task for his “ban Muslims” immigration stance. Everyone knows you don’t attack a “Gold Star” family; a family which has lost a loved one on the battlefield. Everyone knows not to attack a Gold Star family who has made the “ultimate sacrifice” for our nation. Except a narcissist like Donald Trump because he absolutely lacks empathy. No empathy for the mother and father of a fallen American hero, only an immediate Tweet to react to criticism of himself. Is this what we should expect from our commander-in-chief? Can you imagine how Trump will react when he has nuclear arms at his beck and call? Unconscionable.
When you think you are always the smartest person in the room, it really hurts when you lose at something. Trump is already saying that if he loses in November, the election will have been stolen. A megalomaniac could not believe he lost in any other way.
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