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« on: January 31, 2017, 06:09:12 pm »

from the New York Daily News....

President Trump exhibits classic signs of mental illness,
including ‘malignant narcissism’, shrinks say

By GERSH KUNTZMAN | 4:00AM EST - Sunday, January 29, 2017

THE time has come to say it: there is something psychologically wrong with the President.

The fuzzy outlines of President Trump's likely mental illness came into sharper focus this week: in two interviews with major networks, he revealed paranoia and delusion; he quadruple-downed on his fabrication that millions of people voted illegally, which demonstrated he is disconnected from reality itself; his petulant trade war with Mexico reveals that he values self-image even over national interest; his fixation with inaugural crowd size reveals a childish need for attention.

Partisans have been warning about Trump's craziness for months, but rhetoric from political opponents is easily dismissed; it's the water of the very swamp the President says he wants to drain.

But frightened by the President's hubris, narcissism, defensiveness, belief in untrue things, conspiratorial reflexiveness and attacks on opponents, mental health professionals are finally speaking out. The goal is not merely to define the Madness of King Donald, but to warn the public where it will inevitably lead.

“Narcissism impairs his ability to see reality,” said Dr. Julie Futrell, a clinical psychologist, who, of course, added a standard disclaimer because she has never actually treated Trump. “So you can't use logic to persuade someone like that. Three million women marching? Doesn't move him. Advisers point out that a policy choice didn't work? He won't care. The maintenance of self-identity is the organizing principle of life for those who fall toward the pathological end of the narcissistic spectrum.”

A little background: Shrinks don't typically analyze public figures. The reticence dates back to 1964, during Barry Goldwater's run for President. Then, like now, many shrinks believed that the candidate was psychologically damaged — but unlike now, many diagnosed him for a Fact magazine special issue titled, “The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater”.

The headline itself — “1,189 Psychiatrists say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to be President!” — prompted the American Psychiatric Association to issue the so-called “Goldwater Rule”: “It is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination” of the patient in question.

As a result, shrinks are the only professionals who are not allowed to offer their expertise to journalists trying to explain complicated issues to the public. Indeed, scientists can tell us about global warming, engineers can tell us if a bridge is about to give way, and soldiers can tell us if an enemy is weak or strong. But the mental health of the President? The experts are handcuffed, even as we elected the most paranoid President since Nixon and, clearly, the most self-deluded and dangerous American political figure since Aaron Burr.

This 1964 issue of Fact magazine about Barry Goldwater (right) prompted the American Psychiatric Association to issue guidelines forbidding shrinks from discussing the mental state of non-patients — which led to Trump.This 1964 issue of Fact magazine about Barry Goldwater (right) prompted the American Psychiatric Association to issue guidelines forbidding shrinks from discussing the mental state of non-patients — which led to Trump.
This 1964 issue of Fact magazine about Barry Goldwater (right) prompted the American Psychiatric Association
to issue guidelines forbidding shrinks from discussing the mental state of non-patients — which led to Trump.

Not anymore. For the past few weeks, psychologists have been speaking out, arguing that their profesional integrity, and patriotism, can't be silenced. The latest? A top psychotherapist affiliated with the esteemed Johns Hopkins University Medical School said Trump “is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.”

The expert, John D. Gartner, went on to diagnose Trump with “malignant narcissism.”

Gartner has joined a growing chorus of experts who are so concerned about the president that they are willing to face the wrath of their professional organizations' gag rules.

In an earlier effort just after the election, thousands of shrinks joined a new group called “Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism”, which quickly released a “Public Manifesto” to warn America about its leader's apparent psychosis.

“We cannot remain silent as we witness the rise of an American form of fascism,” the manifesto states.

The psychological warning signs? “Scapegoating…, 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.”

Hate him or love him, but you have to admit, that's Donald J. Trump!

President Trump has some sort of personality disorder, many believe. — Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters.
President Trump has some sort of personality disorder, many believe. — Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters.

The American Psychiatric Association says that anyone exhibiting five of the following nine egotistical traits has Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Count up how many Trump exhibits:

 1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).

 2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.

 3. Believe that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with other special or high-status people.

 4. Requires excessive admiration.

 5. Has a sense of entitlement.

 6. Is interpersonally exploitative.

 7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling 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 behaviors or attitudes.

My count: Eight, easily (I'm being charitable.)

His pathology was on display all over his interview with ABC News' David Muir. Quoting the transcript doesn't do Trump's ego justice because his bluster is part of the effect, but the words themselves betray a twisted mental state.

“I know what the problems are even better than you do,” he told Muir at one point. Later, when Muir refers to critics of Trump's plans to “take the oil” from Iraq, the President thundered, “Wait, wait, can you believe that? Who are the critics who say that? Fools.” (No, just skeptics.)

On Obamacare: “It's a disaster. You know it and I know it.” (It's flawed, but workable.)

On Obama: “We have a great relationship.” (They don't.)

On his own greatness: “I could be the most presidential person ever, other than possibly the great Abe Lincoln, all right?” (He could not.)

On voter fraud: Muir's statement that there is no evidence to bolster Trump's claim didn't matter to the President because “millions of people agree with me.” (That doesn't make them or him right.)

On news coverage of his speech before the CIA: “That speech was a home run. That speech, if you look at Fox … they said it was one of the great speeches…. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl.” (It was not. It was not.)

Shrinks would love to put Donald Trump on the couch. But he won't likely undertake psychological treatment. — Photograph: Patrick Heagney/Getty Images.
Shrinks would love to put Donald Trump on the couch. But he won't likely undertake psychological treatment.
 — Photograph: Patrick Heagney/Getty Images.

So boil it all down: We have a President who only believes something is true if it praises him. Everything else is fake news to him. Psychologists know what that is: It's a dangerous, pathological detachment from reality.

“That portion of the interview showed me that Trump lacks proper reality testing,” said Jean Fitzpatrick, a relationship therapist practicing in midtown Manhattan.

She and others said this particular mental deficiency is why Trump surrounds himself with people who won't smash the narcissistic mirror, lest the Dear Leader become enraged (which we've already seen in Trump's jeremiads against journalists).

“Living with a person with narcissistic or sociopathic traits is exhausting because they are all about meeting their needs and getting constant strokes,” Fitzpatrick said.

The problem, as columnist Matt Bai pointed out last week, is that Trump has hired only lackeys because he's “not someone who puts a ton of value on the truth.” The danger to the nation? “Who here will refuse to keep saying things they know aren’t true?” Bai added. “And will anyone tell the boss what he doesn’t want to know?”

Trump's lackeys are not only on the official White House payroll. His personal Riefenstahl, Sean Hannity, spent most of his interview on Thursday night on Fox News not only holding up the mirror to Trump, but polishing it with his own moist, hot breaths.

Let me be clear: This is not an attack on Trump's policies. You want to build a wall and charge Mexico for it? Sure, whatever. Borders are supposed to mean something, I suppose. You want to cut regulations? Again, I don't love the idea of dirty water or unbreathable air, but favoring Big Business over the environment is, like, page 4 in the GOP playbook. You want to defund abortion overseas? That's page 3. Even supporting Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank isn't too far outside classic conservative thought (see pages 5-40 of that aforementioned playbook).

So I'm not quibbling with Trump's proposals. I'm concerned with the man's clear mental illness. And there's a lot more at stake than just who pays for the wall.

President Trump's interview with ABC News' David Muir revealed a troubling disconnect with fact. — Photograph: Martin H. Simon/ABC.
President Trump's interview with ABC News' David Muir revealed a troubling disconnect with fact.
 — Photograph: Martin H. Simon/ABC.

Another shrink to whom I spoke — who declined to be identified — said Trump was indeed mentally ill, and that his anger is a classic “repetition compulsion” that is similar to that of an alcoholic.

“It's a reaction to some anxiety from childhood,” said the doctor, predictably going back to Freud's root of all evil. “An alcoholic initially drinks to relax, but it destroys him in the end. With Trump, he's a disturbed person who protects himself by building up his ego and tearing down others.”

And it's very difficult to treat that, Futrell added.

“A narcissist’s defenses function to protect the person from the knowledge of what lies beneath, and as such, must not be challenged lest the walls come crumbling down,” she said. “It is important to understand that the need to maintain the self-image is so great, … the severe narcissist bends reality to fulfill whatever fantasy about power, wealth, beauty, etc. s/he maintains.”

The Citizen Therapists' manifesto argues that Trump's deformed ego will lead to “fear and alienation among scapegoated groups, … exaggerated masculinity as a cultural ideal … coarsening of public life by personal attacks on those who disagree (and) erosion of the American democratic tradition (in favor of) the Strong Man tradition of power.”

Trump's psychological damage will, in short, create “the illusion that real Americans can only become winners if others become losers,” which “normalizes what therapists work against: the tendency to blame others in our lives for our personal fears and insecurities … instead of taking the healthier but more difficult path of self-awareness and self-responsibility. It also normalizes a kind of hyper-masculinity…. Simply stated, Trumpism is inconsistent with emotionally healthy living — and we have to say so publicly.”

Unfortunately, too few say it publicly. But the more Trump lies on Twitter, the more he and his staff demean journalists, and the more he bullies his opponents, the greater the number of shrinks who will come forward to say that not only does this Emperor have no clothes — he's out of his mind, too!

• Educated at the Sorbonne and the Yale School of Drama, Gersh Kuntzman is obviously not the person being described here. We're talking about tabloid legend Gersh Kuntzman, who has been writing newspaper columns since 1993. Kuntzman has been at the New York Daily News since 2012. He's also the writer and producer of “Murder at the Food Coop”, which was produced at the NYC International Fringe Festival in August, 2016.


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When You Don't Like Yourself
Self-hatred. What can you do to change it?

Some people have the misfortune to have been born to abusive parents who belittled them and prevented them from developing a healthy self-esteem. Others are born predisposed to view themselves in a negative light because of their physical appearance, a disability, or for no reason anyone, including themselves, knows. Research has consistently supported the notion that it's difficult to be happy without liking oneself. But how can one learn to like oneself when one doesn't?


People filled with self-loathing typically imagine they dislike every part of themselves, but this is rarely, if ever, true. More commonly, if asked what specific parts of themselves they dislike, they're able to provide specific answers: their physical appearance, their inability to excel academically or at a job, or maybe their inability to accomplish their dreams. Yet when presented, for example, a scenario in which they come upon a child trapped under a car at the scene of an accident, that they recoil in horror and would want urgently to do something to help rarely causes them to credit themselves for the humanity such a reaction indicates.

Why do self-loathers so readily overlook the good parts of themselves? The answer in most cases turns out to relate not to the fact that they have negative qualities but to the disproportionate weight they lend them. People who dislike themselves may acknowledge they have positive attributes but any emotional impact they have simply gets blotted out.


Which makes learning to like oneself no easy task. Many people, in fact, spend a lifetime in therapy in pursuit of self-love, struggling as if learning a new language as an adult rather than as a child.

Before such a change will occur, however, the essential cause of one's self-loathing needs to be apprehended. By this I don't mean the historical cause. The circumstances that initially lead people to dislike themselves do so by triggering a thought process of self-loathing that continues long after the circumstances that set it in motion have resolved, a thought process that continues to gain momentum the longer it remains unchallenged, much like a boulder picks up speed rolling down a mountain as long as nothing gets in its way. For example, your parents may have failed to praise you or support your accomplishments in school when you were young—perhaps even largely ignored you—which led you to conclude they didn't care about you, which then led you to conclude you're not worth caring about. It's this last idea, not the memory of your parents ignoring you, that gathers the power within your life to make you loathe yourself if not checked by adult reasoning early on. Once a narrative of worthlessness embeds itself in one's mind, it becomes extraordinarily difficult to disbelieve it, especially when one can find evidence that it represents a true account.

But a narrative is just that: a story we tell ourselves. It may very well contain elements of truth—that we are unattractive, that we do fail a lot of the time, or that our parents didn't find us all that lovable—but to proceed from facts such as these to the conclusion that we're deserving only of our own derision constitutes a significant thought error.


The problem is that we common mortals can hardly avoid deriving our self-esteem from the wrong source—even those of us whose self-esteem is healthy. We look to what in Nichiren Buddhism is termed the "smaller self," the parts of ourselves that seem better than those of others and to which we become overly attached. In other words, we ground our self-esteem in things about ourselves we perceive as unique: typically our looks, our skills, or our accomplishments.

But we only need to experience the loss of any one of these supportive elements to recognize the danger of relying on them to create our self-esteem. Looks, as we all know, fade. Unwanted weight is often gained. Illness sometimes strikes, preventing us from running as fast, concentrating as hard, or thinking as clearly as we once did. Past accomplishments lose their ability to sustain us the farther into the past we have to look for them.

I'm not arguing that basing our self-esteem on our positive qualities is wrong. But we should aim to base it on positive qualities that require no comparison to the qualities of others for us to value them. We must awaken to the essential goodness—to what in Nichiren Buddhism is termed our "larger self"—that lies within us all. If we want to fall in love with our lives—and by this I don't mean the "we" of our small-minded egos—we must work diligently to manifest our larger selves in our daily lives. We must generate the wisdom and compassion to care for others until we've turned ourselves, piece by piece, into the people we most want to be.

In other words, if we want to like ourselves we have to earn our own respect. Luckily, doing this doesn't require that we become people of extraordinary physical attractiveness or accomplishment. It only requires we become people of extraordinary character—something anyone can do.

A simple thought experiment supports this notion: think right now of your favorite person and ask yourself, what is it about them that attracts you the most? Odds are it isn't their physical appearance or their accomplishments but rather their magnanimous spirit; the way they treat others. This is the key quality that makes people likable, even to themselves.

Treating others well, it turns out, is the fastest path to a healthy self-esteem. If you dislike yourself, stop focusing on your negative qualities. We all have negative qualities. There's nothing special about your negativity, I promise you. Focus instead on caring for others. Because the more you care about others, I guarantee the more in turn you'll be able to care about yourself.

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from the Los Angeles Times....

Trump leaves the White House bubble and shifts
to campaign mode, hoping for momentum

By CATHLEEN DECKER | 9:25AM PST - Friday, February 17, 2017

On his 28th day in office, Donald Trump held his first solo news conference as president. — Photograph: Los Angeles Times.
On his 28th day in office, Donald Trump held his first solo news conference as president. — Photograph: Los Angeles Times.

AS his month-old administration struggles to make good on its promises, President Trump is seeking momentum by using some of the tactics that propelled his candidacy from its beginnings.

On Thursday, he held a free-for-all news conference in which he sparred with reporters and defended his short tenure for almost 80 minutes. On Friday, he traveled to South Carolina for a markedly upbeat campaign-style speech at a Boeing manufacturing plant where he pledged that “I will never, ever disappoint you, believe me.”

On Saturday, Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Florida — this one paid for by his campaign committee, White House officials say.

With both the news conference and the rallies, Trump is trying to magnify one of the chief advantages of any president, and particularly one who came into office as a celebrity: his ability to burst out of the presidential bubble and speak uninterrupted to his sea of dedicated supporters.

The sudden change of pace acknowledges the central truth of his campaign and his presidency: Despite the layers of support that envelop any president, Trump is most visibly comfortable when he's the one selling himself.

Already, he described his weekend rally in much the same way he approached his campaign events, as sold-out affairs that prove his popularity.

“The crowds are massive that want to be there,” Trump said on Thursday.

Earlier, he said, “I hear the tickets, you can't get 'em…. It's gonna be great. I look forward to that.”

The transition from candidate to president can be daunting for anyone, much less a first-time politician who, in his former life, was surrounded by doting family members and a coterie of aides whose professional lives were dependent on him.

In neither his New York development career nor his television reality show sideline was Trump constantly confronted by entities that could curb his power, like the judges who so far have confounded the rollout of his immigration and refugee plan. Nor in his pre-political days did he have to regularly face his unpopularity, evident in polls showing him to have the lowest job approval at this point in his tenure of any president in modern times.

For Trump, moving into the Oval Office meant leaving behind the ego-stroking mechanics of a campaign for the nitty-gritty of governing. And in his case, that adjustment is being made by a president who seems far needier of frequent praise than most.

Trump is a man of fixed habits, preferring his homes to hotels when he's on the road. For him, campaign rallies served as a familiar nest, the rock music and opera solos blaring, the red “Make America Great Again” hats bobbing, the shouts of “Lock her up” aimed at Hillary Clinton and the derision leveled against the media.

There he could indulge in long soliloquies and hop from topic to topic, keeping the attention of his audience no matter what he said. The protesters who occasionally showed up became part of the show, giving Trump the chance to talk tough and tout the slogans his crowds had come to hear.

The White House, by contrast, has represented almost a solid month of captivity in an unfamiliar bubble lacking much of that sort of adulation. Sober policy discussions and standard-issue grip-and-grin signing ceremonies are muted replacements for the chanting crowds.

The return to theatrics, at the Florida rally particularly, seems destined not only to thrill Trump's fans, but also to offer political benefit.

For both Trump and the audience, it will be visible evidence of the 46% of voters who backed the Republican for president — a number that may have dropped a bit since November but remains large and fervent.

For his opponents, it will be a reminder of his ability to harness passion in his supporters, the same passion that enabled him to win several states thought to be locks for Clinton.

“It's an affirmation when crowds are that big and cheering,” said Barry Bennett, a Republican strategist who advised Trump last year. “I'm sure that he enjoys getting out of the bubble. It's a very wise move to let him go out and talk to people.”

Bennett noted that Trump seemed to benefit last year not just from the support of giant crowds but from privately meeting individual Americans before those larger gatherings.

“He has one of the best political ears of anyone you've ever met. Here’s a guy who lives on Fifth Avenue who totally got the struggle of the steelworkers in the Mahoning Valley and could speak to them on an emotional level,” Bennett said, crediting that in part to “tons of meetings backstage” where Trump heard personal stories.

The downside to jumping back into campaign mode is that it can substitute one kind of bubble with another — one that reinforces Trump's instinct to play to his supporters and exclude the majority of Americans.

That is not a healthy place to be long-term.

A Pew Research Center survey released this week showed that 84% of Republicans approved of the job Trump is doing as president, roughly in line with the support other presidents have gotten from their own party.

But Trump ranked far lower when it came to attracting the opposing party. Among Democrats, only 8% gave him a positive rating. For other presidents since the inauguration of Ronald Reagan, at least 30% of the opposing party's voters have approved of the president at this point in his term.

As worrisome for Trump is the vehemence of the opposition. Overall, 56% disapproved of the job he's done so far, and 46% described that opposition as strongly felt, according to the Pew poll. Only 29% strongly approved of his presidency.

Hardened sentiment is difficult to change under any circumstances, but particularly when the divisive tactics of the campaign continue unabated.

In his Thursday news conference, Trump repeatedly went out of his way to go after Clinton, emblematic of a remarkably resilient grudge against the losing candidate. And at more length than ever, he went after the news media that he sees as an opposition party.

Both had also been his targets in the campaign, and he has given no sign of changing his approach in his new job.

He was at times defiant, a tone that he also will take on Saturday if scores of earlier campaign rallies offer any prediction.

“That's how I won,” he told reporters at one point on Thursday. “I won with news conferences and probably speeches. I certainly didn't win by people listening to you people. That's for sure.”

• Cathleen Decker analyzes politics for the Los Angeles Times, writing about the Trump administration and the themes, demographics and personalities central to national and state contests. In 2016 she covered her 10th presidential campaign; she has also covered seven races for governor and a host of U.S. Senate and local elections. She directed the L.A. Times' 2012 presidential campaign coverage.


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