Friday, November 20, 2015

Is Donald Trump a Narcissist?

Some mental health professionals are willing to take a stand on what might ail Donald Trump. Most such comments derive from the diagnosis of a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Below are snippets from a blog in Psychology Today. (h/t Lise Hicks)

A few mental health professionals were concerned about my last blog, "Does Donald Trump Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Their concern was that American Psychiatric Association's guidelines warn clinicians they should not diagnose public figures.

I've pointed out that I am not a therapist but one many journalists who have explored whether Trump has a personality disorder characterized by grandiosity; an expectation that others will recognize one’s superiority; a lack of empathy, lack of truthfulness, and the tendency to degrade others. If clinicians cannot explore these things, thank goodness that journalists can.

However, his continued popularity has some concerned prominent clinicians ignoring the "Goldwater rule," which declares it unethical for psychiatrists to comment on an individual’s mental state without examining him personally and having the patient’s consent to make such comments.

"That mental-health professionals are even willing to talk about Trump in the first place may attest to their deep concern about a Trump presidency" writes Henry Alford in a November 11 edition of Vanity Fair. His psychological profile Donald Trump Actually a Narcissist? Therapists Weigh In! quotes a variety of clinicians who are confident that the billionaire's high profile and documented history of grandiose behavior makes the diagnosis obvious.

When I told a fellow cognitive psychologist about these popular media articles, and the favored diagnosis, his response was "we don't need therapists to figure that out."

Check out the cited articles for comments from the mental health professionals.

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