I have posted multiple times that I believe President Donald Trump suffers from a classic narcissistic personality. That can be a dangerous thing for the man who occupies the most powerful political position in the world. With narcissists, it’s all about them.
But is Trump a psychopath, as some claim? That is worse.
Robert Hare is recognized as the world’s foremost expert on psychopathy. The learning-mind.com website explains “The Hare Psychopathy Checklist with 20 Most Common Traits of a Psychopath.” That is, they have condensed the Hare Checklist, and here are the first 11 traits:
- pathological lying
- glib and superficial charm
- grandiose sense of self
- need for stimulation
- cunning and manipulative
- lack of remorse or guilt
- shallow emotional response
- callousness and lack of empathy
- parasitic lifestyle
- poor behavioral controls
- sexual promiscuity
This sure seems to fit Donald Trump.
Howard Stern is a radio and television personality who has The Howard Stern Show. He also is a friend of Donald Trump. Over the years, Stern has interviewed Trump numerous times. Stern says he likes DonaldTrump and that they have had many laughs together.
Stern was interviewed on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 TV program yesterday. He talked several minutes about Donald Trump. Stern says he himself has recently undergone a lot of psychotherapy. He says it has helped him enormously, having changed him for the better. He said Donald Trump should undergo psychotherapy.
Of course, as a Christian I also believe that knowing God, reading the Bible, meditating on its moral precepts and wisdom sayings can be very helpful for living life. Add to this being involved in real community where there is a sharing of life.
Now that the redacted Mueller report has been made public, the House also has multiple committees conducting investigations into possible wrongdoing by the president. Plus, there are nearly 30 such investigations being conducted through the courts and both federal and state agencies.
Democrat Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and President Donald Trump had a spat this week involving an exchange of words. Pelosi said Wednesday the president is “engaged in a coverup.” I think that has been obvious, having been played out publicly before us. It soon became evident after he became president, when he fired FBI Director James Comey.
The president then responded to Pelosi, “I don’t do coverups.” He added, “I’m an extremely stable genius.” That is not the first time he has said that since he has been president. And it is prime evidence of his narcissism.
In the meeting with Pelosi and others to discuss the country’s needed infrastructure improvements, President Trump began the meeting and spoke only three minutes. He concluded his remarks by declaring he would no longer work with Congress until these multiple House investigations into his behavior are shut down.
What a threat! It is the responsibility of the Congress to exercise oversight over the executive branch of our government. Trump then stormed out of the meeting without letting anyone else speak.
Pelosi soon responded to the media about Trump’s behavior at the meeting by saying sarcastically, “When the stable genius starts acting presidential, we’ll work with him.”
Most of the media is saying that Pelosi trumps Trump. That is, she gets under his skin like no other. Roman Catholic Nancy Pelosi even said this week, “I pray for the president of the United States.” Some have criticized her for this, saying it was more oneupmanship. But I think she literally does pray for him and that she is sincere about it. I also think that’s Donald Trump’s main problem–he needs to pray, sincerely.
Does Trump’s behavior this week indicate he is a narcissist? Yes. Is he a psychopath? I don’t know. Better to leave that judgment to the psychotherapists. But they usually say that no one should make that determination unless by a psychiatrist who has conducted psychotherapy with the subject in question.