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David G
11-25-2018, 08:51 PM
Diagnosing from a remove is always dicey... but we've seen enough of his pattern for some folks to give it a shot --

https://www.inquisitr.com/5177592/donald-trump-mental-psychiatry-yale-lee/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=yahoo&utm_campaign=homepage



Emotionally-driven, relatively uninformed, and dependant on Trump, his supporters don’t question him and tend to take his claims at face value, according to the psychiatrist. She adds, however, that emotionally manipulating his supporters is not a matter of strategy for President Trump. Rather,” this can be explained through their emotional wounds.”

President Trump himself, in Lee’s assessment, is “driven by pathology rather than healthy choices.” According to her, Trump sometimes makes seemingly effective choices, without realizing that they are actually self-destructive. He is manipulative, demeaning, deceptive, and destructive, she asserts.

“He is driven by pathology rather than healthy choices. He’ll make choices that are self-destructive even if they seem effective at the time and produce results that appear to benefit him.”

According to the psychiatrist, President Donald Trump’s behavior is not only threatening to destroy him, but it also poses a grave danger to the United States. Prof. Lee has previously written extensively about Trump, notably for Vice (https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/pa8k9k/thousands-of-mental-health-professionals-agree-trump-is-dangerous), when she called for a psychiatric evaluation with his consent.

“He’s choosing a self destructive course, not just for him but for the nation,” she opined.

CWSmith
11-25-2018, 09:06 PM
Diagnosing from a remove is always dicey... but we've seen enough of his pattern for some folks to give it a shot --

I had personal reasons to think about and question a remark like this recently (not Trump, someone else). I was reminded of forensic psychologists who attempt to get inside the head of criminals they are chasing. They do have a measure of success and with all the signals that DJT sends out daily it seems to me that an experienced psychologist can readily evaluate his mental state.

I think the assessment has validity and the author has more than enough information to go on.

Osborne Russell
11-25-2018, 09:20 PM
. . . not a matter of strategy for President Trump.

That's a really stupid statement.

David G
11-26-2018, 10:05 AM
That's a really stupid statement.

There's a difference between feral cunning... and strategic thinking...

Keith Wilson
11-26-2018, 11:46 AM
One more time, from the Mayo Clinic's website (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20366662):


Narcissistic Personality Disorder - Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can:

Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
Exaggerate achievements and talents
Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
Take advantage of others to get what they want
Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
Be envious of others and believe others envy them
Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious
Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office

At the same time, people with narcissistic personality disorder have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism, and they can:

Become impatient or angry when they don't receive special treatment
Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted
React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior
Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior
Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change
Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection
Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation

elf
11-26-2018, 12:01 PM
If the guy is using strategic thinking, his only strategy is chaos.

It may be that he's still feral, as human beings go, but cunning? I just don't buy that part. More like an animal caught in a large trap who keeps running from corner to corner hoping to escape his predator.

Osborne Russell
11-26-2018, 07:06 PM
Trump is said to spend many hours reviewing his tweets, and the reaction to them.

When the limit went up to 40 characters, he said, "That's OK, but you know, I was the Ernest Hemingway of 20 characters."

It's a strategy. Why on earth would you say it isn't?

Andrew Craig-Bennett
11-26-2018, 07:10 PM
There's a difference between feral cunning... and strategic thinking...

Presidebt Duterte of the Philippines is certainly known for feral cunning, but couldn’t think his way out of a paper bag.

Bob Adams
11-26-2018, 07:10 PM
Will he ever realize the biggest thing his tweets do is refill his enemy's quiver.

George Jung
11-26-2018, 09:10 PM
It’s worse than that- it’s the psychopathology of the Republicans. Look at how they’ve been coopted by the trump gang. Look at all the indictments. Every rock mueller turns over, a mess scrambles out.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/us/politics/mueller-paul-manafort-cooperation.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

David G
11-27-2018, 10:44 AM
It’s worse than that- it’s the psychopathology of the Republicans. Look at how they’ve been coopted by the trump gang. Look at all the indictments. Every rock mueller turns over, a mess scrambles out.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/us/politics/mueller-paul-manafort-cooperation.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Acton's Dictum.

This is what happens when too much wealth and power is concentrated into too few hands. Values are corrupted. Loyalty is rewarded over competence. Self-interest rules, and the work of making a Republic work is ignored. Dysfunction spreads. People with the mentality of gangsters come to the fore.

Will the center hold?