Although not all narcissists are sociopaths, all sociopaths are narcissists. Does this mean that our 45th president is a psychopath? The fact that he has the tendencies and characteristics that are narcissistic makes me as an American citizen having him president of our nation does make me see him as a danger to our country. If you can identify a narcissist, you’re one step closer to being able to recognize a sociopath.
The cerebral narcissist which is what Donald Trump is does fit the psychological description of a narcissist. He Firmly is convinced that he is unique and, being special, can only be understood by, should only be treated by, or associate with, other special or unique, or high-status people. He feels grandiose and self-important. Trump requires excessive admiration, adulation, attention and affirmation. He feels entitled. Demands automatic and full compliance with his unreasonable expectations for special and favorable priority treatment. He has proven during the past election cycle that he is interpersonally exploitative with a very thin skin and will react quickly in a very nasty manner when another displeases him. During his campaign for the presidency, Trump has constantly attempted to hurt or destroy the objects of his frustration. His actions have been arrogant and haughtily. He goes into a fit of rages when frustrated, contradicted and has many times confronted people he considers inferior to him and unworthy of him. These many overlapping traits may be also the traits and characteristics of a psychopath.
A cerebral narcissist is most often also charming and has a tendency to be smooth, engaging, slick, and verbally facile. Donald Trump has certainly proven that he can be all of the above. He will insult and say mean things to other one moment and talk back in a most charming manner the following day thus causing his followers to forgive him for previous outrageous statements made. Sociopathic are charming. He is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything. He has admitted this tendency about himself many times. A sociopath never gets tongue-tied. They have freed themselves from the social conventions about taking turns in what they say.
This type of narcissist who may also have psychopathic tendencies has an excessive need for novel, thrilling, and exciting stimulation; taking chances and doing things that are risky.
Pathological lying can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative, and dishonest.Trump has referred to Hillary Clinton as “crooked Hillary” yet when both have been fact checked for telling a lie Trump has shown to have lied 70% of the time while Clinton has lied 20% of the time.
In his business dealings, it is a fact that he has shown little or no empathy for others. He has shortchanged contractors. He has set up a college where he made promises that were not kept where others lost a get deal of money. It is a fact that Donald Trump is a very cunning and manipulative man with the ability to con others. He has done this in the past with the use of deceit and deception to cheat, con and defraud others for personal gain. This is done with a lack of remorse or guilt. This is a characteristic of a high functioning narcissistic and also may be those of an individual with psychopathic tendencies. It is a lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, cold-hearted, and unempathetic. These character traits are usually demonstrated by a disdain for one’s victims.
And what about the sexuality of a narcissist and perhaps that of a psychopath. They both are promiscuous in their sexual behavior. They usually have a variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of several relationships at the same time; a history of attempts to sexually coerce others into sexual activity or taking great pride at discussing sexual exploits or conquests. Certainly, Trump has shown these tendencies. He has cheated on at least two of his three wives. He has openly bragged about his sexual accomplishments in a most demeaning manner. He has shown a failure to accept responsibility for his own actions. A failure to accept responsibility for one’s actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.
In addition to these lists of traits, the biggest trait that makes narcissistic sociopaths so dangerous and effective is their ability to divert attention away from these traits. Donald Trump is a master at this. After all, he has lately convinced enough of America to choose him as our 45th president.
Donald Trump will be our 45th president and that is a fact. I myself hope that I am incorrect with the fears that I have about him and hope that he is not what I believe him to be. Only time will tell. This being true as far as I am concerned the more of us who are awaken and become informed about the reality of a narcissist and perhaps a high functioning psychopath in our midst, the more likely we can shift the evil into good and strip the evil from our nation.
The recently published 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) lists precisely the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder. They are:
1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance.
2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
3. Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
4. Requires excessive admiration [regularly fishes for compliments, and is highly susceptible to flattery].
5. Has a sense of entitlement.
6. Is interpersonally exploitative.
7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling [or, I would add, unable] to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
9. Shows arrogant, haughty [rude and abusive] behaviors or attitudes.