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Certifiable

Posted on: August 2, 2016

As the wife of a person who works in the psychology field I have always understood and honored his belief that no one should armchair diagnose any of their friends or family with disorders, conditions or irregularities.  I am certain that this is why our kids will emerge from our parenting as just the regular kind of effed up as opposed to spectacularly monumentally effed up, as many psychologists’ kids may be.

That said, the alarm bells that go off when I watch Donald Trump on the television simply cannot be ignored.  The man very clearly suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  It is important to note that personality disorders are not mental illness per se, but they are conditions that render one less able to function in society in a healthy manner.

Much of the difficulty in covering Donald Trump by the media and understanding him as members of the electorate is the fact that he is not a normal candidate for president. He is not the regular garden-variety type of grandiose person who thinks he can get 60 million people to vote for him–a requirement for a person running for the office.  He is a person deeply deeply handicapped by his personality disorder.  A disorder that renders him 100% unfit for the office and incapable of fulfilling its duties in a way that does not place our republic in danger.

If you feel I may be armchair diagnosing him you are correct, but I also invite you to read the following criteria taken directly from the DSM-V.  If you are not scared you are not paying attention.

NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER

The essential features of a personality disorder are impairments in personality (self and interpersonal) functioning and the presence of pathological personality traits. To diagnose narcissistic personality disorder, the following criteria must be met: 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

Pathological personality traits in the following domain: 1. Antagonism, characterized by: a. Grandiosity: Feelings of entitlement, either overt or covert; B. 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. C. The impairments in personality functioning and the individual‟s personality trait expression are relatively stable across time and consistent across situations. D. The impairments in personality functioning and the individual‟s personality trait expression are not better understood as normative for the individual‟s developmental stage or socio-cultural environment. E. The impairments in personality functioning and the individual‟s personality trait expression are not solely due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., severe head trauma).

You would not want a person with narcissistic personality disorder to work with you, to take care of your children, or to spend any time in your home with your family.  Their instability and grandiosity would make them dangerous. No one with narcissistic personality disorder should ever be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office of the United States of America, and one candidate appears to spectacularly meet all the criteria.

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