Donald Trump and the Mind of an Adolescent

By Dr David Laing Dawson

ownersmanualThe friends and family of Donald Trump should have intervened a year ago, as I hope my friends and family will do if I ever decide to try something for which I do not have the skills, knowledge, history or temperament. He has made a fool of himself. And at some point, that is going to really hurt.

It is sadly remarkable how far he has come in this race while being a clown, shouting slogans, inanities, lies, slander, and incomprehensible half-sentences. Let us pray he inflicts no lasting damage to American democracy when he loses in November.

The third debate is being picked apart by pundits both professional and amateur. I have little to add, except …

Once again Trump has demonstrated that he has the temperament, language skills and emotional age of a teenager.

“No one respects women more than I do.” This is a particular and entirely unnecessary hyperbole one hears from adolescents. “No one likes pizza more than I do.” It is, on face value, a ridiculous claim, and the kind of hyperbole that only rolls off the tongue of someone whose awareness of others (and himself) is very limited.

It is also an example of the Big Lie, when the hole is too gaping to be bridged with a small lie.

The leaders of ISIS may have fled Mosul in anticipation of the Kurdish and Iraqi forces attacking. Donald tells us MacArthur, and Patton would be embarrassed by the lack of secrecy in planning this operation. “How stupid can they be.” He went on in this vein. And what I heard was the experience, the knowledge, the strategic thinking about warfare of a teenage boy. A knowledge based on movies set in the old west and before the telegraph. Electing Trump really would be giving the role of Commander-in-Chief to an impulsive teenager who watched George C. Scott play Patton and learned all the wrong lessons.

“She’s a nasty woman.” Point at her, make a face of distaste. Put it on Facebook; start a, well, “nasty” rumour in High School.

Then there is blaming Hillary for not creating a tax code that could prevent him from avoiding paying taxes. That was a good one. And it did remind me of teenagers who steal. I have heard them say that it was really the store’s fault for not having sufficient security. “If they leave it out like that, what do you expect?”

Deny saying what millions of people heard you say just a few days ago. Again, who but an adolescent can convince himself of this kind of revision of reality?

And finally, the horrifying statement that he may or may not accept the outcome of the election. There it is. That alone should disqualify this man from running for office in a democracy. Self aggrandizement, putting himself, and the welfare of his ego, above the democratic process, with a hint of blackmail. It is the hint of blackmail that reminded me once again of the teenage brain. “I’ll only go to school if…”

That’s it. No more. Let us pray Donald J. Trump slips into oblivion and we can all recover from the obsession he has created. And let us pray that democracy and civilization can survive him.

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7 thoughts on “Donald Trump and the Mind of an Adolescent

  1. The contrast between Trump, who unraveled in the second part of the third debate and the steely inner resolve and self composure of Hilary Clinton is remarkable. Trump called Hilary “a nasty woman” but then if you look at his speech in the Alfred Smith dinner which occurred the following night, he actually demonstrates that he truly is “a nasty man”. He read from a prepared speech which in the beginning was really funny but then dissolved into name calling, and saying that she pretends that she likes Catholics. He remained disciplined to read the entire speech but still ended up reading stuff that was “out of line” which elicited boos from the audience. So unscripted or scripted, he appears to be not a very nice person.
    It is hard to distinguish his behavior from Alec Baldwin’s rendition which is funny. Trump is also funny but very scary.

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  2. It is blatantly clear that Trump is a spoilt child and exhibits acute non stop narcissism. This will not disappear should he enter the oval office. Heaven protect us. I can’t blame his mother maybe he was born with these flaws. But surely to goodness the voters will see through him and be counted.

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  3. In my opinion, we are all getting a great lesson on a high-functioning narcissistic sociopath (or at least a person with a severe Narcissistic Personality Disorder).

    I have done extensive research on this topic, and have had two psych doctors weigh in favorably on this position the comments of my post. You can read it here. https://twoifbycharmwordpress.wordpress.com/

    Finally, I will leave you with an excerpt from the paper. This paper was written back in July, and it’s hard to argue that it is not dead on:

    “A covetous sociopath is described as someone who envies or lusts to win or possess another’s qualities (looks, a personality, a mate, an award or promotion, money, a sports victory, etc…) so much, that he will resort to deceit to get them. When this individual cannot win or possess those qualities, he takes as much pleasure from being able to successfully thwart his perceived competition, even if from the sidelines. Many times the victim will have no idea that he was targeted. I believe that if Trump loses the nomination or general election, he could possibly go to great lengths to position himself as someone who did not lose. There could be lawsuits, and wild claims of collusion against him, and strong attempts to besmirch the power-brokers, winners or even voters.”

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    1. Posted on behalf of Dr Dawson

      I am sure Donald J. Trump is narcissistic, and more than a little sociopathic. I am also sure that a smidgen of both traits is required for one to pursue that particular job. The applicant must believe he or she has the skills for that powerful position and deserves the accolades that come with it, and be able to sleep at night after making decisions with global consequences.

      Donald J. Trump has far more than a smidgen of those traits, but he also knows very little about anything; he does not know that he does not know or understand; he has very limited capacity to think things through; he is reckless in words and behaviour; he has no patience for detail or consideration; he has no empathy for others; he fabricates in the manner of a child whatever outrageous lie or statement comes to mind; he is impulsive in the manner of an ADHD schoolboy with swift retaliation for any perceived slight; there are no filters on his mouth or brain; he clearly has no capacity for self examination; his personal boundaries are poorly formed; he admires and lusts for all the wrong things.

      Should he be elected those latter traits will prove very destructive to all of us. Should he lose, the blow to his narcissism could result in a raging bull.

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      1. I see that your comment was already posted. At first I couldn’t see that from my phone. In particular I wanted people to see your comment about the raging bull. I totally agree we will face the wrath of his narcissistic injury. Again thank you for your insightful comment.

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