‘The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump’

JAMES C. MCINTOSH, M.D. | 9/14/2017, 3:18 p.m.
Psychologist Naim Akbar has traced the root word of psychology back to the ancient Egyptian word sacca, for wise, which ...
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Sick soul or no soul

Sociopath, psychopath and the current term in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association Antisocial Personality Disorder are virtually synonyms. The requirements for this disorder include having a pervasive pattern of disregard for violation of the rights of others as indicated by three symptoms from a list. Rather than go through the entire list, I provide these three because they jump off the page in describing Trump. 1. Deceitfulness as indicated by repeated lying. 2. Lack of remorse as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated or stolen from another. 3. Reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Reckless disregard for the safety of others

If any examples are needed to confirm that Trump satisfies these criteria, the following few should do the trick. Deceitfulness? Here are Trump’s boastful words regarding one of his deals: “I rented him a piece of land. He paid me more for one night than the land was worth for two years, and then I didn’t let him use the land … I don’t want to use the word ‘screwed,’ but I screwed him.” Lack of remorse and rationalizing after having hurt another? At least 24 women have come forth to say Trump was sexually inappropriate with them. Some say he forcibly kissed them or touched their private parts. One says he tore out patches of her hair and forced his penis into her. One says he took her virginity when she was 13 and he was 50. Several of them say he kissed them without their permission.  

Yet in the 2016 presidential race when Trump was confronted with his own secretly taped confession— “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ‘em by the pussy,” —he described it as just “locker room talk” and said he had never actually done such things. Trump expects people to believe him, despite his confession and 24 accusers.  

Yet Trump hypocritically refuses to accept the innocence of five young men falsely accused and imprisoned in connection with the sexual assault of a white woman jogger in Central Park decades ago, despite the fact that the real rapist, a serial sexual assaulter—as Trump is accused of being—was caught and the boys, now men, have been awarded $40 million for their false imprisonment. How about reckless disregard for the safety of others? Trump overturning the regulations to block dumping of coal debris in America’s streams, his withdrawal from the Paris Climate talks, his denial of climate change in the face of back-to-back hurricanes wrecking areas of the south dumping more than 50 inches of rain is about as reckless as can be imagined. Threatening North Korea with fire and fury in this nuclear age certainly matches this same last criterion of antisocial personality disorder—this reckless disregard for the safety of others. Tony Schwartz’s pessimistic words before the election, now after the election threaten to be disturbingly prophetic. Schwartz said, “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

Next Week Part VII of Chapter 1, “The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump.”