Over the past two months, President Donald Trump has shown the world how much of a narcissist and a megalomaniac he really is. His twitter outbursts and deluded rants about how popular he have now become the norm in American politics.
However, some have begun to question whether this is the product of the President’s personality or something a bit more serious.
Trump constantly blames other people when things go wrong, but Johns Hopkins University Medical School Professor John D. Gartner has suggested that it actually might be the President who has a problem. Gartner teaches psychiatry, has come out with a bold statement about the President’s mental health:
Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and tempermentally incapable of being president.
Gartner’s diagnosis is “malignant narcissism,” and claims that, despite having not examined the President himself, the symptoms and warning signs are all there. These include:
- Anti-social behavior
- Use of projection
- Lack of conscience
Gartner explains that those suffering from malignant narcissism lack impulse control and empathy, and believe that those around them do not appreciate their “greatness.”
Psychology Today writes on the affliction:
Malignant Narcissists will go to great lengths to achieve their aim. They can be intelligent, high functioning (hold an important job for example) soft-spoken, charming, tearful/seemingly emotional, gracious, well-mannered, kind and have the ability to form relationships. They may lie, falsely accuse, dramatize, smear, cheat, steal, manipulate, accuse, blame or twist to get what they want and feel justified in doing so. Because they are entitled, egocentric and desperate, they do not experience it as wrong.
The article adds that malignant narcissists are:
Determined to gratify their wishes and furious if thwarted. Their desire can be so consuming that there is little comprehension of, respect for or ability to empathize with the other. They lack guilt or remorse and tend to feel or pronounce that it is they who have been mistreated. They can be of any gender, race or social class.
It also adds that the disorder is incurable, meaning we are likely to see more of this behavior regardless of whether Trump gets treatment or not.
By making this diagnosis, Gartner is in breach of the “Goldwater Rule.” This rule is an informal part of the ethics code of the American Psychiatry Association, which says it is wrong to provide a professional opinion of a public figure without examining that person and gaining consent to discuss the evaluation.
While Gartner may be in breach of the ethics code, this is a special case, and Gartner felt he needed to warn the American people, given that this man is in control of our future. As Gartner says, “We’ve seen enough public behavior by Donald Trump now that we can make this diagnosis indisputably.”
At least now we have a professional opinion to confirm rumors that the President is seriously unwell.