Leading psychoanalyst says Trump has “narcissistic personality disorder”

In a new interview with Raw Story, Dr. John Zinner, a leading psychoanalyst and clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine makes the case that President Trump has “narcissistic personality disorder.”

According to the Mayo Clinic “Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”

“A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. People with narcissistic personality disorder may be generally unhappy and disappointed when they’re not given the special favors or admiration they believe they deserve. They may find their relationships unfulfilling, and others may not enjoy being around them.”

Zinner says of Trump “the mental condition he suffers most from is formally known as a severe instance of “narcissistic personality disorder,” which is well established in the psychiatric literature.  The core problem in this disorder is the failure in childhood and beyond to develop an inner sense of worth or self-esteem.”

Zinner adds ” This makes one’s worth entirely dependent upon admiration from others.  This dependency likely derives from his parents’ valuing the child, Donald, only to the extent that he met their needs, rather than their recognizing his uniqueness, and their being sensitive and responding to his needs for consistent comfort and nurturing.”

Zinner then cites Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s niece’s book about him.

“As Mary Trump notes, Donald’s father, “Fred was and always had been the ultimate arbiter of his children’s worth.”  Donald’s mother, Mary, was, in the author’s view, “the kind of mother who used her children to comfort herself rather than comforting them.”  Compounding this parental failing was Mary’s extended absence beginning when Donald was about two and one half, because of illness and her persistent emotional unavailability beyond that.  This left Donald in the care of a harsh and non-nurturing father.”

Zinner then claims “as a result of his total dependence upon external affirmation, Donald Trump feels, deep down like a “loser,” failure,” weak,” dumb,” “fat,” “ugly,” “fake,” and “crooked.”  These self-denigrating pictures of himself, Trump projects onto others whom he transforms into enemies.  Nevertheless, these traits are his own subconscious views of himself, for which he compensates consciously by creating a grandiose image of himself as unique, a “stable genius,” entitled to special treatment and better at everything than anyone else.”