Ahh… gotcha. Thanks for the clarification. I’m more used to Trump enthusiasts using words like “psychobabble” to try and undermine any language coming from the psychology community. ;-)
I’ve read some of the same type of Trump diagnoses — from credible and prominent folks in the profession, but typically I hear more that they “suspect,” or that “Trump shows all the signs of” (something like) malignant narcissism. Not that he 100% certainly has been diagnosed with any of those things, because he’s probably never consented to talking to a therapist, let alone, having a psych evaluation done. I mean, I hope it goes without saying, but I don’t doubt for a second that he’s a malignant narcissist. He does have all the signs. He’s a textbook case, it seems. But will we ever really know? Not unless he’s seen in person, evaluated, and officially diagnosed.
I fully agree with you that the last 20–25 years has culminated in the election of a character such as trump for POTUS. It has been said (I think, by Barack Obama) that Trump is a symptom of our country’s political unrest, not the cause of it. I agree.
For one thing (and only one example), the development of late 90’s American reality TV has not had a good effect on anyone. I’ve been in theatre my whole life, even did some small commercial & film work in my younger days, so I “get” that reality TV isn’t at all “reality.” It’s all scripted — even if only loosely scripted. Unfortunately, too many Americans don’t realize this. They see reality TV crap and get sucked in for the drama, failing to realize it’s all smoke and mirrors — just like Donald Trump.
As a child of the late 70s/early 80s, I remember watching the economic ascension of Trump (and others like him), the marriage to Ivana, the three original children, seeing him on covers of tabloids, and watching him and his ilk on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Robin Leach, and I never liked him. I always thought he looked like a cheap buffoon who brought unnecessary and exaggerated drama with him everywhere he went. The greed of the 80s did a lot of damage to my generation.
On your statement that the U.S. has always been anti-intellectual, I couldn’t agree more. In fact, a few Christmases ago I bought my husband a book he read and really loved that described exactly how this ignorant mindset came to be. It’s called White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg, and it gives plenty of examples of this.
I’ve always said that America, unfortunately, wasn’t ready for a black man as president. I voted for him twice and I loved him as President. I know he wasn’t a perfect man — no human being is. But I believe he represented the absolute best in us, about as near-perfect a human any President can be.
I’ve heard it said he was “too weak.” I don’t see that at all. A person who can have enough strength to “go high when they go low,” who can remain calm even when extremely angry, who never backs down from a confrontation, but instead uses facts, natural charm, and diplomacy to “fix” things when they start falling apart is a very strong person, because those things take unbelievable patience and strength of mind. I see Donald Trump as the antithesis to that; he’s the poster child for weakness.