Our fearful leader is quite the insult tosser. The NYT is keeping track.
On Thursday, the talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw joined the panelists of The View for a discussion of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
She asked McGraw whether he believes that NPD is a real mental illness and whether Trump is showing signs of it. Watch the video below to see his answer:
Dan P. McAdams is a professor of psychology and the director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives at Northwestern University. He is the author of George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream: A Psychological Portrait and The Art and Science of Personality Development. In the June 2016 issue of The Atlantic, he offers an interesting perspective on Donald Trump.
From the article’s conclusion:
Who, really, is Donald Trump? What’s behind the actor’s mask? I can discern little more than narcissistic motivations and a complementary personal narrative about winning at any cost. It is as if Trump has invested so much of himself in developing and refining his socially dominant role that he has nothing left over to create a meaningful story for his life, or for the nation. It is always Donald Trump playing Donald Trump, fighting to win, but never knowing why.
We, the undersigned mental health professionals (please state your degree), believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 3 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
Before Trump was even inaugurated, some of my liberal friends were already talking about the need to impeach Trump. I’m as harsh a Trump critic as you’ll find, but I think the calls for his impeachment are, at best, premature. The most convincing allegation I’ve seen is his potential violation of the Emoluments Clause, but even that hasn’t been fully investigated yet.