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Trump vs the People: A Psychiatrist's Analysis

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Many people, including members of Trump's inner circle, have commented on his mental and emotional instability. The following uses a professional point of view, where possible, to understand his psychology and way of operating, based, of course, on publicly available material. I include a section at the end on how best to stop his march to unlimited power.

There is a "Goldwater" rule in the therapeutic community that one should not try to diagnose politicians. This was broken in January 2017 with an article reportedly backed by almost 60,000 psychologists, announcing that Trump suffers from "malignant narcissism"(egotism, selfishness), and is a danger to the American people. The authors felt that "Goldwater" was overridden by a duty to warn, under the Tarasoff rule, which sets aside confidentiality if the person presents a threat to others.

I cannot claim objectivity when, in fact, I'm furious with Trump, and frightened of the direction he is taking. I fear that he is working toward becoming a fascist dictator. And he is destroying any chance of a reasonable future for our children and grandchildren.

I believe that his apparent instability is very calculated. It gains attention, which his narcissistic personality craves, and which keeps his brand name selling, selling, selling. It also keeps everyone around him off balance, so that he can amass control. He even boasts about doing it. And it works for him.

Trump has, against all expectations, succeeded in become the President of the United States, which also makes him the Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces. It puts his finger on the nuclear button, so he can hold the whole world hostage. Is he satisfied? Will he settle down and serve the people?

Not so far. Now that Trump has been in office for 2 months, we can see that the psychologists were correct with their diagnosis of malignant narcissism. He is a threat to 99.9% of us. His presidency is ego-driven and megalomaniacal. His goal is personal power and profit rather than the welfare of the people who elected him.

During Trump's short time in office, his family has cost Americans extraordinary amounts of money while Trump lines his own pocket. He refuses to divest from his businesses, which have gotten a boost since he's taken office. This means Trump is literally pocketing profits made from taxpayer dollars.

He seems to believe he is above the law. He has fits when judges block his immigration policies, and when he can, fires anyone who thwarts him.

I believe Bernie Sanders has it right.

Trump's goal, Sanders said to the Guardian, "is to end up as leader of a nation which has moved in a significant degree toward authoritarianism where the president of the United States has extraordinary powers, far more so than our constitution has provided for or the values of the American people support."

Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century , which studies the rise to power of Hitler and others, says fascism happens quickly, within a year or two, once a megalomaniac gets into power. We only have a limited window of opportunity to stop Trump.

Trump is attempting to control the public's perception of reality by accusing the most respected news sources of promulgating or distributing "fake news". Of course, he is the master of this art. As in Orwell's prophetic noel, 1984, he turns truth on its head and does his best to confuse everyone. A recent article by Todd Gitlin analyzes his modus operandi.

His proposal of a huge expansion of the military budget implies that he intends to conquer the world. "The world is in trouble, but we're going to straighten it out, OK? That's what I do - I fix things," Trump said in a speech on 2/2/17.

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