-He used a fake name to call a reporterand brag about how much his father loves him.Man, I would say the dude needs to therapy,but I don’t think he can afford it... Maybe he can just use a fake name and be his own therapist.“And how does that make you feel, Donald?”“I feel smart, Dr. Barron.” [ Laughter ]“You are smart, Donald. That’ll be $200.”“Uh…” [ Laughter ]“Can I owe you?”.. Trump was never a successful businessman.He just played one on TV.Expecting Donald Trump to exhibit business acumenis like expecting George Clooney to do an arterial bypass.We already knew he was a con artist.It’s also a story about the thingTrump cynically claimed to fix,the thing he actually benefited from his entire life,the rigged system.Most regular people are one layoffor medical emergency away from a financial crisis,but this guy lost a billion dollars over 10 yearsand he ended up fine —except for the fact that he went from lookinglike the wolf of Wall Streetto a guy getting chased by a pack of wolves.
–Dr. John Gartner, psychiatrist, founder of Duty to Warn, and co-editor of the book “Rocket Man: Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald Trump,” joins David to update us on what he sees are the accelerating cognitive decline and mental state of Donald Trump
Not just narcissism, but also cognitive decline
Dr. Lance Dodes makes the case that the president suffers from a dangerous sociopathic disorder
Lance Dodes: Mr. Trump is a sociopath, in that he meets every diagnostic criterion for the official diagnostic term “Antisocial Personality Disorder.” The fact that this is a personality disorder, rather than simply a single symptom such as anxiety or depression, means that all his actions are signs of this severe, continuous, mental disturbance.
To understand his actions, it is essential to keep in mind that sociopaths have only one goal: to enhance themselves, and that in pursuing their self-interest, they lack both normal human empathy for others and a normal human conscience. Cheating, conning, lying, stealing, threatening are all done with no remorse.
When stressed with facts that would require them to admit failure, or even that others know more or are more capable than them, sociopaths lose track of reality, becoming delusional with insistence on the truth of what they psychologically need to maintain their superior view of themselves. Indeed, nobody matters except to the degree they can serve the sociopath’s personal needs.
That’s why loyalty is demanded, but as soon as an associate disagrees, the sociopath turns on them with a fury; there was never a real relationship to begin with.
Mr. Trump’s denial of the facts about Mr. Warmbier is consistent with his sociopathy. He ignores reality, is unremorseful about lying and does not hesitate to sacrifice the feelings of others such as Mr. Warmbier’s family. We don’t know exactly why he lied in this case, but one possibility is that Mr. Trump has heavily promoted his relationship with Kim as evidence of his superior ability to manage world tensions and thinks that confronting Kim would interfere with that, hence personally diminishing Mr. Trump. In any case, Mr. Trump’s absence of feelings for Mr. Warmbier or his family is the same as his absence of feelings for the disabled reporter he mocked, for religious and racial minorities, for children separated from their parents at the border and on and on.
Lance Dodes: Mr. Trump has a long history that proves his diagnosis. If you consider the 7 traits that define Antisocial Personality Disorder in the DSM-5, he meets every one of them: