Analyzing Trump’s mindset: Does Antisocial Personality Disorder Fit?
Because so many of his executive actions and remarks on Twitter and in interviews seem rash, commentators, including psychiatrists and psychologists are raising questions about the stability of President Donald J. Trump’s mind.
Reportedly, there is a good fit with Trump’s personality characteristics and the DSM-5’s (Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Characteristics of this trait include a desire for unwarranted admiration, obsession with one’s own success and accomplishments, and a sense of entitlement. Certainly, these traits can be said to apply, even just based on Trump’s speeches alone.
Psychopathy is an earlier term that was used for the same personality traits. Like Narcissistic Personality Disorder, the antisocial disorder is a personality disorder, which denotes an enduring pattern of behavior or mindset that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture.
Both the Narcissistic and Antisocial Disorders are associated with males more than females.
Although the latter disorder is prevalent among the male prison population, it is also found among people in the general population by persons who have avoided prosecution.
They are prone, however, to get into trouble, for example, through violent relationships or as a result of shady business practices. Let us review the DSM criteria in light of our president’s actions and statements.
He famously mocked a reporter who had a physical disability and implied that a female reporter was bleeding somewhere.
Reports of Trump’s groping of women’s bodies have been highly publicized.
A new term “alternative facts” has been introduced to describe his claims.
There have been reports from Trump’s earlier business life that he did indeed use an alias in phone calls and that many of his business practices were unethical.
Today, Trump’s repeated remarks in favor of using torture as an interrogation procedure are reflective of his mind set.
His expressed willingness to kill and even target family members of terrorists would be considered extreme even in military circles.
And one can only fear for the fate of America and for the world to the extent that even some of these personality characteristics apply.