The Trumpology series of columns are also published on Capitol Hill Blue where I am a columnist, and are informed by my 40 years of experience as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist. I worked in Michigan as Mason Mental Health Center director and Middleboro, Massachusetts in private practice. Opinions on Trump come from my understanding of psychiatric diagnosis, psychology, and psychopathology. I consider Trump to be a sadistic impulsive malignant narcissist.
Critics have lambasted us, the duty to warn shrinks, for making a clinical assessment of Trump, or worse according to some of them making a diagnosis without interviewing him in person. We just had another chance to see the unfiltered Donald Trump when he addressed a friendly crowd in Ohio on Thursday. At these rallies, we see someone we'd never see if he sat down with us knowing we would be determining if he was psychiatrically fit to be president.
We have a president whose narcissistic need is so overwhelming he needs to feed it by regularly by ranting against his enemies at rallies. The need becomes greater and greater the more he is under stress. That wouldn't be so dangerous except that he seems to make up policy on the fly.
For example, he offered up a policy towards S. Korea which has experts confounded. He seems to have confused South Korea with North Korea. Why would pausing a trade deal reached with our close ally and trading partner, democratic South Korea, be a bargaining chip in talks with Kim Jung Un?
This is from Politico: But the president also broke significant new ground, threatening to put a pause on the newly reached trade deal with South Korea to use as a bargaining chip in talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North Korea,” Trump floated Thursday. His administration recently unveiled the agreement, struck in principle by U.S. and South Korean negotiators earlier this month.
He also offered a policy which would result in the Kurds being slaughtered by the Putin backed Syrian troops to the south and the Turks to the north after working together successfully to decimate ISIS. The Kurdish-American alliance was hugely successful and based on trust. If you saw Richard Engel on MSNBC last night you'd know how immoral the decision to abandon them would be, and how it seems to be driven by Trump not wanting to stand up to Putin who is supporting Assad.
POLITICO: Trump also detoured for an extended stretch into military efforts in Syria, forecasting that he would pull U.S. troops out of the region in the near future. “We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon,” he said.
Read more about US/Kurds fighting together in Syria: