Crossposted from www.my-public-opinion.com/the-power-of-a-sociopath.html
Since debate number two in this ludicrous election cycle, I have been unable to shake my PTSD symptoms...
Now, having lived through many years of mental torture at the hands of a man almost exactly like the one who now stands before us, demanding to be handed the White House like a spoiled little brat screaming for a lollipop in the checkout aisle of the grocery store, I am horrified at what is apparently accepted as "no big deal". To me, a man lacking both conscience and real self-confidence is at best not a suitable leader of anything. At worst he is an absolute catastrophe just waiting to happen. And believe me, we won't have to wait long in this case.
Let's start by looking at his supposed brilliant business mind, since that's what he himself is touting as a yuuuuuge strength, and it's also what most Trumpkins list as "what the country really needs"... Well, unfortunately, this couldn't be more wrong. You see, a man-child like this is stuck in the selfish phase of development. Most of us grow out of this by kindergarten or so, but this type of person is stuck in perpetual toddlerdom. That's fine -- if the significant other doesn't mind being the only adult in the room. Forever. But the country and the world deserve better! And we are all being taken for fools. There is by now sufficient evidence for Trump's multiple business failures and bankruptcies. Add to this the absolutely astounding number of lawsuits against him, and then add all the people whose lives were ruined by his callousness and greed. This is NOT a man! This is a pretend-human. One that learned from an early age how to just simply mimic human emotions and facial expressions, and mirror them back to you. Often it works wonderfully well, but sooner or later the mask falls off. And then all the supporters (flying monkeys) are left holding the bag. You see, people like this have no use for you once you have nothing to offer them. An empty shell is an empty shell and no amount of reasoning or coaxing will ever bring out that real human. Why? Because there isn't one in there.
To the "Trump Women" out there I have a special message: How special do you think you really are? Ok, so you think that you're hot enough to be in this monster's good graces. Awesome! Is that how you want to be judged? Really? How shallow can you be? Well, let's for the sake of argument assume that this is a true statement, for now... You're just the hottest little number he ever saw, and you're singing his praises and looking down upon those pathetic uglies out there. We're now going to look at this from your purely selfish, hollow and shallow standpoint. So, try to follow along here and ponder this: When is your expiration date? At what age do YOU personally cease to exist due to your sagging skin and diminished desirability? (Remember, this is a presumed child molester we're talking about. Don't kid yourself into thinking that you have any value whatsoever after your prime. By the way, your hero is on record saying that's age 35 for women).
This then leads us to the next issue: How can you be alright with just giving away not only your own power but also that of all your sisters on this planet? How dare you? Women have died for some of the rights you now have and take for granted. If you don't want them, just step back and let the big girls handle things. I say if you're a woman who wants to go back to the time before women could vote, what in the world are you doing voting then? You can stay in your room, play with your dolls and wait for Prince Charming to come sweep you off your feet. Better hurry though! Wait too long and you'll be refuse on the trash heap... Do you really think that women ought to be JUDGED by their looks alone? If so, I feel sorry for you. And even more so for your eventual offspring. Because YOU are the reason why our younger generations are quite literally killing themselves trying to live up to insane Photoshop standards.
Unless we start to look within and pay attention to more than "packaging", humanity is doomed. Chase stuff and superficial fluff all you want, it will NEVER make you happy. And trying to gain the temporary admiration of an empty, delusional, senior con man is such a waste of your time. He's not ageless, honey, he's just childish. At age 70 you'd think he'd be old and wise, but no, he alternates between the tantrums of a spoiled toddler and the utter disdain of an entitled, know-it-all, simpleminded, one-track-mind obnoxious pubescent boy. There is an enormous difference. You are miles ahead of him -- if you choose to be. But choose to follow him, and you'll soon be discarded and destroyed like all the rest.
Hey, I'm not a shrink, and I don't have a psychology degree. I only have intimate personal experience with a sociopath. But sometimes what matters is just that -- personal stuff. Data and textbook learning are all good and well, but that kind of stuff doesn't shake you up and make you really understand pathology in the same way that living with a sociopathic monster does. I'm really lucky to have escaped alive, and I still remember that very thing every day. I lost everything as far as money, possessions, and dignity. But I'm still very much alive, very grateful, and it's now my mission to spread the word about this kind of artificial individual. Because when you're stuck with one, it's like the exit sign is invisible. I'm here to hand you a big fat spotlight!
So, to the best of my comprehension, my ex-husband's world (and that of Mr. Trump) looks something like this: He and he alone gets a free pass to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, to whomever he damn well pleases. Laws are very important -- but only for others. When he tramples all over you, it's because you deserved it. You were stupid enough to let him! You are "gullible" and he takes enormous joy in using and abusing people like that. Because what's more impressive and entertaining than conning nice people who trust you? Kindness equals weakness. Character and integrity are traits of suckers. Their loss is his gain. And he's always all too happy to laugh at the misfortune of others. What else is there really? If you don't like yourself and are unable to see any value in anything that is not stuff-related, I suppose incessantly chasing cheap thrills becomes your main focus.
Gaslighting was a huge issue for me for many years -- until I finally caught on and secretly started educating myself on pathological lying, narcissism, and psychopathy. Turns out that these people all took the same sleazy course way back when. And we're all dumb enough to fall for their absurdities over and over again. It keeps them entertained to create drama and chaos all around them. They somehow get off on knowing that they're responsible for all sorts of mayhem. Then they can just sit back and watch the flying monkeys play things out before them, like a private little puppet show. Ha Ha Ha. The joke's on us, folks. It's always on us.
These are the people who will constantly make some ridiculous claim like "the sky is green" or "I was the richest, most successful astronaut and spy, working for the major superpowers at the same time, that's why you've never heard of me!" Want to deal with this kind of stuff on a federal scale? Really?
They will not hesitate to set you up for whatever they can think of, just for fun or for revenge or for whatever reason that makes sense at the time in their little mind. OR, and this is the kicker, for no reason at all. Remember, they have no conscience. They have no boundaries. As hard as it is to comprehend for us weaklings, they actually need no reason at all to destroy you. It's just what you're there for, honey. Entertainment value at best. This was the most difficult lesson for me to learn, and it took many many years to get it through my head. This man would break into my house, destroy my property, kill my animals, try to set fire to my front steps, sabotage my vehicle (that our son,of course, rode in all the time), stalk me and my family constantly.... I could go on and on. I do not want to see the American people set up this way. These people-like beings are not human. They are some kind of subspecies that has evolved to look human, but lacking the very qualities that make us human. I do not consider robot-like thinking to be a strength for someone looking to be a leader of the rest of us. It may be a strength in the business world, but only to the very stone-cold person himself. THEY HAVE NO CONCERN FOR ANYONE ELSE. No one. Not even their own children. Their offspring is often seen as competition, or narcissistic supply, or just simply a handy pathetic sap with no way out, forced to comply with the crazy person's every wish.
So I ask you, if you need a major operation, are you going to want the seasoned surgeon with decades of experience or the guy who just plays one on your favorite soap, just because he's more fun to look at? If you need a tutor for your child, will you prefer the one who's able to answer complicated questions on the subject and has a proven track record....? Or the jock who's barely able to scrape by himself, and has been ordered to get his grades up through some form of service work? Will you pick for a babysitter the straight-A student who regularly volunteers at the soup kitchen and has wonderful references from various community leaders...? Or the kid from down the street who likes to harass girls walking by and whose highest aspiration is to somehow join that gang that specializes in petty theft and hate crimes?