After only a few weeks of holding office as president of the United States, many the world over have come to the conclusion that Donald Trump is unfit to be president.
Some psychologists have now started questioning Trump’s state of mind, assessing his psyche and mental health. As many psychologists are publishing their diagnosis of Trump, John D Gartner most recently said Trump “is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.”
As per his findings, he believes Trump shows signs of “malignant narcissism,” which is defined as a mix of antisocial personality disorder, narcissism, aggression and sadism. Among the many diagnoses of Trump put forward by psychologists, narcissism is among the most common. “Narcissism impairs his ability to see reality so you can’t use logic to persuade someone like that,” clinical psychologist Dr Julie Futrell said.
“Three million women marching? Doesn’t move him. Advisers point out that a policy choice didn’t work? He won’t care,” she added.
At the end of last year, three leading professors of psychiatry wrote to Barcak Obama very clearly stating their concerns over Trump’s mental stability.
“His widely reported symptoms of mental instability – including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality – lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office,” the professors wrote to the then President, urging him to order a “full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation” of Trump.
Following the 2016 election, the Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism group was created which was subsequently joined by thousands of psychologists. A manifesto was then published whereby all the signs to fear were stated.
“Scapegoating and banishing groups of people who are seen as threats, including immigrants and religious minorities; degrading, ridiculing, and demeaning rivals and critics; fostering a cult of the Strong Man who appeals to fear and anger; promises to solve our problems if we just trust in him; reinvents history and has little concern for truth (and) sees no need for rational persuasion.”
It appears that Trump only believes facts that praise him – anything else is ‘fake news’ in his eyes. This has been evident through his many interviews and infamous tweeting sprees which psychologists believe is a pathological disconnection from reality and could prove to be dangerous.
Further, he is known to get angry with those who dare to suggest anything negative about him and surrounds himself with people who admire and applaud him. His team is known to tell him only what he wants to hear, therefore, enabling his narcissistic and sociopathic ways.
“With Trump, he’s a disturbed person who protects himself by building up his ego and tearing down others,” an anonymous psychologist explained.
This article originally appeared on Independent