Monday, October 31, 2016

It's the Disorder, Stupid!





Forget immigration, unfair trade treaties, loss of greatness etc.  This campaign is about his personality disorder.

I know next to nothing about psychology, I took a course in Abnormal Psych about 50 years ago.  But some behaviors are blatant enough that even I notice.

Here are  definitions of  two disorders according the the Mayo Clinic  See if you recognize anything.



Narcissistic Personality Disorder 

Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

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.
At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior. Or you may feel depressed and moody because you fall short of perfection.
Many experts use the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, to diagnose mental conditions. This manual is also used by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment.
DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:
  • Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  • Exaggerating your achievements and talents
  • Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
  • Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
  • Requiring constant admiration
  • Having a sense of entitlement
  • Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
  • Taking advantage of others to get what you want
  • Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  • Being envious of others and believing others envy you
  • Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner



Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes called sociopath (also psychopath), is a mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior.

Antisocial personality disorder signs and symptoms may include:
  • Disregard for right and wrong
  • Persistent lying or deceit to exploit others
  • Being callous, cynical and disrespectful of others
  • Using charm or wit to manipulate others for personal gain or personal pleasure
  • Arrogance, a sense of superiority and being extremely opinionated
  • Recurring problems with the law, including criminal behavior
  • Repeatedly violating the rights of others through intimidation and dishonesty
  • Impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead
  • Hostility, significant irritability, agitation, aggression or violence
  • Lack of empathy for others and lack of remorse about harming others
  • Unnecessary risk-taking or dangerous behavior with no regard for the safety of self or others
  • Poor or abusive relationships
  • Failure to consider the negative consequences of behavior or learn from them
  • Being consistently irresponsible and repeatedly failing to fulfill work or financial obligations
Adults with antisocial personality disorder typically show symptoms of conduct disorder before the age of 15. Signs and symptoms of conduct disorder include serious, persistent behavior problems, such as:
  • Aggression toward people and animals
  • Destruction of property
  • Deceitfulness
  • Theft
  • Serious violation of rules



These are a pretty good list of Donald's traits.  To give him the benefit of the doubt, which he would never do for me,  I'm not so sure that he meets all the symptoms of antisocial personality:

I don't know if he has disregard for right and wrong,  or if his relationships are poor and abusive.  

He does exhibit impulsiveness and hostility but I don't know if he takes unnecessary risks or that he cannot foresee consequences of his actions

The thing is, though, Trump has all the rest of the fucking symptoms of both of these types of asshole. .    

Do you want him anywhere close to the button when he's having a bad day?


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I would love to hear your comments.  Especially if you don't agree.  


1 comment:

  1. I think we've all met people who shared some of these traits of both types; Trump has them in spades. He once commented that he would not want to look too deep inside because he's afraid of what he would find: likely he'd find a pathetic frail creature who'd fall apart under the slightest scrutiny. In fact, he does. What's amazing is that people around him tolerate him. His type suck up all the air in the room wherever they go. When I was contracting and I had a compulsive braggart on my crew, I'd fire them the first day. They bring down the morale of everyone and things fall apart. As DT would say,"sad."

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