Showing posts with label Trumpology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trumpology. Show all posts

August 6, 2023

Does SuperTrump have Mommy, Daddy, and Even Puppy Issues?



"I purposely didn’t comment on Nancy Pelosi’s very weird story concerning her husband, but now I can because she said something about me, with glee, that was really quite vicious. 'I saw a scared puppy,' she said, as she watched me on television, like millions of others, that didn’t see that. I wasn’t 'scared.' Nevertheless, how mean a thing to say! She is a Wicked Witch whose husbands journey from hell starts and finishes with her. She is a sick & demented psycho who will someday live in HELL!"

By Hal Brown

We know exactly what Trump was doing this morning at 5:37. We also know what he wasn't doing. He wasn't chillaxing with a cup of coffee and and watching Fox News hosts fawning over him and blasting his enemies. See the two articles below:

Link to first story above /// Link to second story

It doesn't require a graduate degree in psychology to figure out that if Trump really wasn't scared he would simply have ignored what Nancy Pelosi said about him looking like a scared puppy.

Trump wants the public to see him as a superhero, a macho-man, as demonstrated by his electonic card collection. He has a particular affection for identifying with Superman.

The History of Trump Pretending to Be Superman


Lex Luthor is based on Trump, but that hasn’t kept him from repeatedly posing as the Man of Steel (New York Magazine, 12/27/22).

We might ask what Freud would say about this were he around to analyze The Man of Steel's feelings about his adoptive parents. 

Whether Trump has a "mother-thing" (Freud had other terminology to explain this) for Nancy Pelosi is open to speculation. She certianly has triggered him before.

If you search Trump Pelosi on DuckDuckGo these are the first two articles:

This top article is from Dec. 23, 2019 in The Guardian while all of the other articles are about the "scared puppy"comment.

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Remember this (photo featured in The Guardian artilce):

It isn't only Nancy Pelosi who sets Trump off on rants. For example, so does the recently emboldened Mike Pence (I wrote about his transformation on Aug.. 4th here):

Perhaps Trump has both Mommy and Daddy issues. For that matter, he may also have puppy issues.  Freud was a dog lover and it's been written that he was the first to use dogs as an adjunct to therapy. However, he never addressed the role pets have in our psyche in his psychoanalytic works. 

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It is well known that Trump broke the presidential tradtion of having pets in the White House: see: Trump family breaks with presidential pet tradition.

Trump was aksed about this: 

Trump explains why he is the only president in 100 years to not have a dog

The president also said the idea of adopting a dog seems a bit 'phony' to him

 “I wouldn’t mind having one, honestly, but I don’t have any time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?"
Trump wasn't too busy during his presidency to play golf and be SuperTrump hero worshipped at Mar-a-Lago but he didn't have time to even have a dog in the White House, not that he'd even have to care for it. How would he look walking a dog on the White House lawn? He'd look like millions of other dog lovers, that's how.

Perhaps Baron wanted a dog. We may never know unless Baron writes his memoirs. According to reports it was Melania who came up with the idea of highlighting the heroism of the combat dog  Conan, so it's possible she is a dog lover.

So far the only person who has known Trump personally and written in depth with honesty and insight about his personality is his niece Mary Trump. In the future we may learn more. If Melania Trump wants to write a book in the future, perhaps after she's divorced him or he has died, she'd be assured a record breaking book deal and sell far more copies than  the aprox 1.1 million "The Art of the Deal" did. After all, Mary Trump's book outsold Art of the Deal in just one week.

Publishing books by mental health experts analyzing Trump has become a cottage industry. The ultimate best-selling and most accurate book would be co-authored by Melania Trump and Mary Trump.


When trying to determine the mental state of Donald Trump one has to pay attention to what he says. For example in yesterday's shower speech::

June 30, 2023

Dr. Justin Frank, author of "Trump on the Couch" gives us understatement of the decade about Trump's behavior


By Hal Brown, MSW, Retired psychotherapist

Chauncey DeVega once again has provided a form for some of the nation's top mental health professionals to explain in depth the psychopathology of Donald Trump. Today's Salon column is titled on the main page "Digging his hole: Trump can't shut up" and titled in the article itself 

Why Donald Trump can't simply keep quiet — even when facing prison. 

He shares emails from both Justin Frank, MD, the psychoanalyst who wrote "Trump on the Couch" and Lance Dodes, MD, a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a training and supervising analyst emeritus at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. I recommend you reading the short and to the point Franks and Dodes emails in the Chauncey DeVega column.

Whether one is a distinguished mental health professional like Frank or Dodes or a state university clinical social work graduate who, in a past life ran a small community mental health center, and now blogs about Trump's dangerous psychopathology (like me), we find ourself trying to explain behavior so far beyond the normal abnormal it is difficult to avoid coming across as hyperbolic.

I think I can speak for not only Justin Frank and Lance Dodes, but also for Chauncey DeVega who as far as I'm concerned has earned himself an honorary doctorate in clinical psychology (or Trumplogy, if you will) saying that we don't want to sound like we're exaggerating about how pathological Trump is.

DeVega describes his own frustration, which I share:

For those of us, myself included, who have direct experience with sociopaths and other such dangerous people, living through the Age of Trump and trying to warn the American people about the disaster has been and continues to be remarkably frustrating and exhausting. For most of the Age of Trump, people said we had "Trump Derangement Syndrome" when we were just telling an uncomfortable and unpopular truth.
Psychotherapists and well informed non-therapists like DeVega, and notably George Conway, were accused by Trump supporters of suffering from a made-up mental illness, Trump derangement syndrome. 

In fact, way back in 2017 mental health professionals tried to warn about Trump.

Clinical psychologist John Gartner, founder of Duty To Warn, was (as far as I know) the first expert to publicize the rationale for diagnosing Trump as a malignant narcissist. This was way back in 2017 and was published in USA Today: 

Donald Trump's malignant narcissism is toxic

Mental health professionals have a 'duty to warn' about a leader who may be unfit to serve.

The best seller "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" edited by forensic psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee, was also published in 2017. The book had essays from 27 mental health professionals including John Gartner. It described the "clear and present danger" that Trump's psychopathology posed to the "nation and individual well being". Read table of contents here.

I don't think any of the warnings published by experts about Trump since 2017 were hyperbolic. 

I don't think I was stretching it to write in February of 2020 about adding a new diagnosis to the psychiatric manual to cover the highly unusual Trump diagnosis (read here). In fact, I think it was a mistake not to include the diagnosis of malignant narcissism when it was originally defined by Erich Fromm and others.

Click above to read my Daily Kos article

In that story, which I posted on Daily Kos, I cited a Chauncey DeVega interview with Justin Frank: "On a fundamental level, Donald Trump does not believe in America" which used one of the well known photos of Trump hugging the American flag.


While I want what I write in a serious vein to be taken seriously, I admit I am sometimes reduced to blogging snarky commentary and pictures of that flag hugging. I found it too hard for me to resist modifying them:

Top caption is "clinging to flag and anchor about
to sink" and bottom goes with this blog.

Further reading:

The Language of Lies: How Hate Speech Engages Our Neural Wiring to Foster Division


Summary: Researchers analyze the language of dictators and hate groups, uncovering a common use of dehumanizing metaphors to fuel hatred. Such metaphors ‘switch on’ neural pathways in the brain, bypassing higher cognitive reasoning centers and steering focus towards certain ideas.

These mental patterns can become entrenched over time, making it challenging for individuals to revise their views even in the face of contradicting evidence.

The research underscores the potential dangers posed by such language, including the escalation of violence and political instability.

Not an optimistic conclusion:

What can be done?

Is there anything we can do to protect ourselves from the power of lies? According to Danesi, the best thing we can do is to understand the metaphors of the other party, and to examine one’s own metaphors.

However, history and science tells us that it is unlikely to work – research shows that once a lie is accepted as believable, the brain becomes more susceptible to subsequent lying.

Amazing! Trump just got some bigots pissed off. By Hal Brown, MSW

  I had to read the RawStory article shown above three times to figure out what happened. Trump was showing his supposed support for law enf...