Donald Trump’s behavior is prompting mental health professionals to report that he suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), a sociopathic, manipulative and destructive mental illness.
Someone with NPD will likely be vain, cocky, aggressive, dishonest or uncomfortable with the truth, self-centered, prone to exaggerate talents and personal achievements, intolerant of criticism and devoid of empathy for others, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
“Trump is so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of these characteristics,” said Dr. George Simon, a Little Rock clinical psychologist who conducts lectures and seminars on manipulative behavior. “Otherwise, I would have to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.” (Please search the Internet for “trump narcissism” to learn more about Trump and NPD.)
Trump’s behavior, oftentimes clownish, is no laughing matter. His acute narcissism is so flagrant that it’s easy to presume he is manufacturing an outlandish public image to gain fame, fortune, power and, in this case, the presidency. He’s not. Much of his behavior, especially the rage and lack of empathy, is largely involuntary, which should give one pause.
Should any of this matter to conservative voters? Absolutely, because they must understand that NPD renders Trump incapable of caring about the greater good of others. He simply cannot do it, and that makes him unfit to be president of the United States.