This was originally published on Liberal America on March 29, 2016.
A group of people that usually stays out of politics is breaking that trend to weigh in on Trump and the fascism he is bringing to the GOP. The Republicans are actually risking “breaking the democracy” in order to keep Trump out of office. If he gets the majority, Republicans would have to convert the delegates before the convention.
The group of people I am referring to are psychologists. Some clinical psychologists have spoken out, saying Trump has Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
A clinical psychologist, Ben Michaelis, said:
“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, … Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.”
The Mayo Clinic has the following definition of narcissistic personality disorder:
“If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement — and when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.”
A licensed clinical social worker, Wendy Terrie Behary, said:
“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.”
From the mouths of experts…
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