How does a psychoanalyst diagnose someone they have never met? True mental health professionals will tell you that it is impossible. The clues that can be gained from watching someone on television or talking with people who know the subject are just not adequate to make an accurate diagnosis.
Morals and rules have rarely slowed down the liberals. They have a tendency of jumping to conclusions and coming up with a rationale afterwards. It seems that even “professionals” are getting caught up in anti-Trump rhetoric.
John D. Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist also taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School has come forward to tell America that he has diagnosed President Trump with a very serious psychiatric illness.
“is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president. He has “malignant narcissism”, which is different from narcissistic personality disorder and which is incurable. It’s obvious from Trump’s behavior that he meets the diagnostic criteria for the disorder, which include anti-social behavior, sadism, aggressiveness, paranoia and grandiosity.”
That is a very drastic statement from a man who has never met Trump in person. Gartner seems not to care that he has violated ethics. The Goldwater Rule prohibits giving a professional diagnosis of a public figure without personally examining the person.
Gartner justifies himself stating, “Trump’s personality disorder (which includes hypomania) is also displayed through a lack of impulse control and empathy, and a feeling that people don’t recognize their greatness. We’ve seen enough public behavior by now that we can make this diagnosis indisputably.”
Another bold claim and a false one. There are many people who have and will continue to dispute the ridiculous diagnosis.
The definition of Malignant Narcissism, given by Dr. Carrie Barron, a board-certified psychiatrist at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, portrays effected individuals as scary, dangerous and ruthless.
“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. They 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.”
President Trump’s own behavior challenges this behavior, even from a layperson’s understanding. He has demonstrated empathy and remorse multiple times. He has blown away the claims that he is racist and bigoted, his diverse cabinet and advisers are proof of that.
In addition, it would be difficult to find anyone who would refer to the President as “soft-spoken.” His blunt speeches are one of the ways he won over much of America.
Another researcher from Oxford claims that President Trump ranks just under Saddam Hussein and just over Adolf Hitler on the psychopath scale. Of course, they mention that Hillary Clinton is right up there on the scale as well.
That psychiatrist, Kevin Dutton, presents a different view. “Some of those traits, such as fearlessness or stress immunity, can be positive. One, cold-heartedness, can contribute to good and bad leadership. Both great and terrible leaders score higher than the general population for psychopathic traits, but it is the mix of those traits that determines success. For example, someone who scores highly for being influential, fearless and cold hearted could be a decisive leader who can make dispassionate decisions. If those traits are accompanied by a high score on blaming others, they might be a genocidal demagogue.”
It may be difficult to understand that perspective but a look at history reveals the truth. Hitler was a dynamic leader but was also a psychopath. Without that part of his personality, he might have accomplished great things instead of killing millions.
However, President Trump is not Hitler although liberals have often drawn parallels. There are quite a few important differences; the lack of willingness to murder for his cause and no belief that there is only one superior race. They may both be able to gain a following but our leader does not intend to use his power for mass genocide.
The left has used Donald Trump’s passion against him, turning it from a strong emotion to a psychopathic trait. They claim he “lost his mind” when he lost the appeal in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. It is unlikely that his angry and determined Tweet qualifies as a break in sanity.
The hopeless left is clinging to straws, willing to compare our current President to a mass murderer for the sole purpose of trying to discredit him. Their actions demonstrate much more insanity then President Trump ever has.
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