This is not something that you read every day, about how the sitting president of the United States, or the leader of any country, for that matter, is considered pathological enough, to where behaviorists use evidence of his case in order to teach students about a given clinical trait, but with Donald Trump, that’s where we are. The trait in question is narcissism.
Intriguingly, this fact was pointed out by none other than George Conway, proclaimed windmill cancer survivor and one of Trump’s staunchest critics. If you missed Trump’s Colorado speech last night, when he wasn’t complaining about how foreigners come over and take our Best Picture Oscars, he spent 20 minutes debunking a Fox News segment on how well he did or didn’t do in the 2016 debates. The self obsession is incredible. Has anybody ever heard of an athlete, for example, who years later is talking about a given play in a particular game?
Oh, wait. The future is now. https://t.co/D0tXXrz54H
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) February 21, 2020
This is the article that Conway is referencing, “The Mind Of Donald Trump” written in 2016 by Dan P. McAdams, a psychology professor at Northwestern University and the author of The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning. Here’s an anecdote I’ve never read before and it’s a doozy.
When, in the summer of 1999, he stood up to offer remarks at his father’s funeral, Trump spoke mainly about himself. It was the toughest day of his own life, Trump began. He went on to talk about Fred Trump’s greatest achievement: raising a brilliant and renowned son. As Gwenda Blair writes in her three-generation biography of the Trump family, The Trumps, “the first-person singular pronouns, the I and me and my, eclipsed the he and his. Where others spoke of their memories of Fred Trump, [Donald] spoke of Fred Trump’s endorsement.”
I thought I’d heard it all. But with Trump, ain’t no valley low enough.