If you need a refresher, browse this list of symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD):
- A grandiose sense of self-importance
- Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
- Belief that one is special and can only be understood by or associate with special people or institutions
- A need for excessive admiration
- A sense of entitlement (to special treatment)
- Exploitation of others
- A lack of empathy
- Envy of others or the belief that one is the object of envy
- Arrogant, haughty behavior or attitudes
We’ve been warned by hundreds of psychiatrists that our president is afflicted by this disorder. They didn’t need to see him in their office. If you see water falling from the sky outside your window you don’t have to go outside and get wet to know it’s raining. You don’t have to be a meteorologist either.
Ridiculing Trump’s flawed character is a mainstay of the infotainment industry. It’s unseemly. His disability renders him incapable of moral character. The most effective way to deal with someone with this disorder is to distance yourself from them, which the news media refuses to do, since ridiculing him is a main attraction in their tawdry circus maximus.
Instead of picking on a disabled person the media could go after the enablers who are using the hapless Trump as a tool for their venal enterprise and not using their influence to protect us from him. It’s a cast of characters who are similarly afflicted, most, if not all falling somewhere toward the pathological end of the spectrum of NPD or the related Antisocial Personality Disorder (formerly referred to as psychopathy and sociopathy).
This might lead an inquisitive person to ask what it is about our society that lifts so many of these kinds of people to positions of leadership in business and government.