The surrealistic nightmare called T-Rump continues, just this morning he nominated three assholes for top-tier jobs in his administration, and has self-created a fake-news presidency.
Encapsulating the situation came via the visit with T-Rump yesterday by Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe — the Japanese are concerned by insanely-dangerous bullshit (CNN): ‘A top aide to Abe, Katsuyuki Kawai, said that he’d been told by members of Trump’s transition team that Trump’s previous remarks should not be taken literally.’
Persistent grandiosity, ziltch ethics…
(Illustration: Donald Trump, ‘Basic Shapes,‘ by caricaturist/illustrator Chong Jit Leong, found here).
Considering it all, T-Rump seemingly the most-vile human being to ever crawl onto the public stage. A liar, and a bully, an asshole without any sense of morals or any-type standard. Yuugly self-centered and petulant.
A defining definition — via PsychologyToday: ‘Narcissists cut a wide, swashbuckling figure through the world. At one end of the self-loving spectrum is the charismatic leader with an excess of charm, whose only vice may be his or her inflated amour-propre. At the far end of the spectrum reside individuals with narcissistic personality disorder, whose grandiosity soars to such heights that they are manipulative and easily angered, especially when they don’t receive the attention they consider their birthright.’
We all know the orange-shithead is one of them.
A really good look at T-Rump’s internal psych came yesterday at New York Magazine‘s Science of Us. A must-read in getting an insight how this nutjob will operate — key points:
But how do you influence someone like Trump, someone who does not seem to respond to normal social rules and incentives?
As many people have pointed out, he appears to be pretty far toward the right-hand side of the human narcissism bell curve.
Trump is a man who has exhibited decades worth of selfishness, of grandiosity, of grudges against anyone who has questioned his greatness or challenged him.
In short, he is not a good candidate for normal persuasive techniques.
And in order to help determine how to handle such a powerful-crazy creature, a most-telling interview I reached out to the therapist and licensed clinical social worker Wendy Behary.
She’s the author of Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving With the Self-Absorbed, and the founder and director of the Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy.
As the title of her book suggests, her main area of clinical focus is narcissism.
In effect, Obama would no longer be making arguments driven by policy rationales or by logic, but rather tying all of his arguments about what Trump should do directly to the president-elect’s overblown sense of himself: That is, ‘You’re this big, strong, powerful man — let’s help you stay that way.’
The goal, Behary said, is “building both an attractive portrayal of the narcissistic individual, but also setting up potentially meaningful consequences, or garnering more leverage to prevent them from acting in irrational, impulsive, or self-defeating ways — or defeating everyone else.”
One potentially underappreciated threat for these next four years, it turns out, might be boredom on the part of the chief executive.
There isn’t really anybody in the world who thinks Trump will enjoy the day-to-day drudgery of being president — the meetings, the fat briefing books, the endless diplomatic visits.
During the campaign, Robert Draper of the New York Times even reported that, according to a John Kasich adviser, Trump’s eldest son had indicated that “his father’s vice-president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy,” making him the most powerful veep in history.
The Trump camp denied this, but it’s still reasonable to think Trump, in light of what we know about who he is and his lack of interest in policy, is going to do a lot more delegation than past presidents, especially on the many, many boring tasks inherent to the job.
“I think he’ll recede into the background and delegate as long as the people who are doing his job are doing it well enough so he can take the credit,” said Behary.
“Then he can step out like the king and wave to the crowd.”
But this won’t always be possible.
“I’m more concerned that when narcissists step away from the adulation, the spotlight, the praise, the applause, they get bored,” she continued.
“And then they have to find other ways to cook up a stimulating event or something that becomes interesting, stimulating, controversial, competitive, self-soothing. That’s what’s of greater concern — how’s he going to deal with the routine of day-to-day life, which becomes very demanding and not necessarily so stimulating every day of the week, and not necessarily filled with crowd applause?”
(h/t Suburban Guerrilla).
Life becoming a movie from the Coen brothers…