How Donald Trump will cope with losing

I wouldn’t like to be around him come November 10th, when it will clearly be all over bar the shouting

trump narcissistic personality disorder NPDEDMONTON, Alta. Oct. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – How does someone who has a severe case of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) deal with humiliation?

While psychologists may dispute that all of the features of narcissistic personality disorder have been on display in Donald Trump’s behaviour since he entered the Presidential race, enough of them have been observed to reach the tentative diagnosis that he suffers from NPD.

A firmer diagnosis will be available around November 10th – 15th, after he badly loses the U.S. Presidential election.

He is, after all, already preparing the ground for coping. His argument that the election is “rigged” is focused on ensuring that he himself cannot be blamed for the loss. It is everyone else’s fault – the “corrupt media”, “spineless losers” leading the GOP, the “criminal” Clinton campaign, poor advice. He was fine, it’s just everyone around him and those against him that cause the problem.

According to the Mayo Clinic, NPD is:

“A mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others. Behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that is vulnerable to the slightest criticism. If you have NPD, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious, you often monopolize conversations, you may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior, and you may feel a sense of entitlement (when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry). At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior.”

The Diagnostic State Manual version 5 (DSM-5) criteria for NPD includes these features:

  • Expecting to be recognized as superior.
  • Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance.
  • Exaggerating your achievements and talents.
  • Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate.
  • Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people.
  • Requiring constant admiration.
  • Having a sense of entitlement.
  • Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations.
  • Taking advantage of others to get what you want.
  • Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others.
  • Being envious of others and believing others envy you.
  • Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner.

Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal and value yourself more than you value others.

So how will Trump react to his loss?

He will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is often confused with NDP. But for him, PTSD will be severe. He will:

  • Exhibit more angry outbursts – his twitter account will go wild with accusations.
  • Lash out at people by name, resulting in a pile of lawsuits, either filed by him (defamation, libel) or filed against him.
  • Exhibit abusive behaviour toward those who advised him, especially those closest to him.
  • Seek revenge on those “who did this to him”, not accepting that he did “this” to himself.
  • Be even more distant in relationships, especially with family members.
  • Tell even more lies and untruths based on his version of events, many of which come from his “alternative universe”.
  • Relentlessly pursue conspiracy theories about who “was out to get him”.

It will not be pretty. There is talk of him pursuing a new avenue of interests – Trump TV. This would provide an outlet for all this anger, but will probably not be a wise investment for him (or anyone else) to make. It will likely go the same way as his Casino investments, which ended in one of the many Trump business bankruptcies.

What will make all of this even worse is that the Trump business will also suffer, as it is doing now, from the scrutiny it will receive. Trump hotels are losing customers and his staff in some hotels have unionized. He would be smart to sell the empire and retire – he is 70 after all.

As a psychologist, I can also pretty well guarantee that he will not seek help for his PTSD/ NPD conditions. He doesn’t “do advice”, as his several campaign managers will attest. Nor does he follow advice, once given, as his performances on tour and on the debates show.

I wouldn’t like to be around him come November 10th, when it will be clearly all over bar the shouting.

Stephen Murgatroyd is a consultant in innovative business and education practices with a PHd in psychology.

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