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Is Trump Narcissistic?

03.04.16

What is Narcissism? Is it just thinking that you are better than others? How does one get diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Is Donald Trump Narcissistic? Some say yes.

According to the Mayo Clinic, 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.”

According to the DSM-5, Narcissistic Personality Disorder is defined by this criteria:

A. Significant impairments in personality functioning manifest by:
1. Impairments in self functioning (a or b):
a. Identity: Excessive reference to others for self-definition
and self-esteem regulation; exaggerated self-appraisal
may be inflated or deflated, or vacillate between extremes;
emotional regulation mirrors fluctuations in self-esteem.
b. Self-direction: Goal-setting is based on gaining approval
from others; personal standards are unreasonably high in
order to see oneself as exceptional, or too low based on a
sense of entitlement; often unaware of own motivations.

AND

2. Impairments in interpersonal functioning (a or b):
a. Empathy: Impaired ability to recognize or identify with the
feelings and needs of others; excessively attuned to
reactions of others, but only if perceived as relevant to self;
over- or underestimate of own effect on others.
b. Intimacy: Relationships largely superficial and exist to
serve self-esteem regulation; mutuality constrained by little
genuine interest in others’ experiences and predominance
of a need for personal gain

B. Pathological personality traits in the following domain:
1. Antagonism, characterized by:
a.Grandiosity: Feelings of entitlement, either overt or covert; self-centeredness; firmly holding to the belief that one is
better than others; condescending toward others.
b. Attention seeking: Excessive attempts to attract and be
the focus of the attention of others; admiration seeking.

And it goes on. And Trump has certainly demonstrated some of these qualities. His bad habit of name-calling (Bimbo, fat pigs, dogs, etc.), attacking character and physical qualities of others is indicative of his fragile sense of self. As President of the United States, would he be able to swallow his pride, or lack of self-esteem (both are similar, but that is an article for another day), exhibit humility, or negotiate in a mature manner? I pray for this nation, and I pray that God’s will be done, in this upcoming presidential election.

Of course, it takes a licensed professional mental health therapist with years of experience, and a good relationship with the client, to be able to accurately assess for personality disorders. I would have to get to know Donald Trump personally, as a client, and do a thorough assessment to determine whether or not he has any disorder.

With 20 years experience, I know that I can help you or your loved one, and provide professional, client-centered treatment, based on his or her goals for improving life and relationships. We could do in-person, family, telephone, or email counseling. Won’t you give me a call today? I look forward to serving you.

Sincerely,
J. Faith Gallup, LCSW
847-962-5234

PS: One always has to consider the character of the candidate when voting in any election. If the presidential elections were held today, I would not vote for Trump. I might write-in another vote.