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?

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.

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9 Comments on "Psychologists Use Footage of Trump to Illustrate Narcissism as Clinical Trait"

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Tin woman1
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I’m just glad other’s watch him and keep tabs on him so I don’t have to.

Miranda Allison Young
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I will have to take a look at the Strange Case of Donald Trump. My paternal grandfather was a renowned psychologist and I have some of his books. I wonder what he would have had to say about #45.

Nobsartist
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He would say, “make sure that you don’t give him any valid nuclear launch codes”…

Rita
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I’ve read the book, it’s frightening, but it describes him perfectly. He is a sick man.

Nobsartist
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Al Bundy lived in his sports past. Then again, he was a shoe salesman.

elna benoit
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Has anybody ever heard of an athlete, for example, who years later is talking about a given play in a particular game?

That’s actually the main plot in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”. Dan Merino of the Miami Dolphins obsesses over a missed field goal. The movie makes it clear that his behavior is crazy and abnormal. Too bad no one cares enough about tRump to tell him the truth: the Emperor is stark raving naked.

beadlady
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But……too many don’t get it. They have no clue what damage narcissistic behavior can cause. Especially malignant narcissism. It can destroy families, communities and countries. We’re seeing it live and in person. Some think he’s nuts. Too many minimize his NPD (with psychopathy.) Everyone and anyone will be the problem and he will ALWAYS BE THE FUCKING VICTIM! Then he will fight back, as he’s already done repeatedly. The bottom of his narcissistic vortex has not been discovered yet.