Thanks for reading and for your well-articulated response. You’re exactly right. I can hardly imagine being in his actual orbit. I’ve dealt with the very real horrors of being gaslighted, which is frightening enough. I confess it’s easy to judge; we all tend to think we’d react differently if we were in the given situation. It is far too easy to armchair diagnose and write up a quick opinion piece, way easier than it would be to conduct an actual psychological evaluation on a person like Trump — that is, if he even bothered to show up for the appointment, or hell, make one in the first place. (He wouldn’t, because he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with him.) I think he clearly suffers the Dunning-Kruger effect, but I have no doubts there are many, many more pathological findings to be concluded on him than just that one.
Maybe since armchair diagnosing is so easy, that’s why so many folks like me do it. Or, maybe because it gives us a more prouctive outlet for the rage we feel over his daily defiling of the highest gov’t office. Either way, as a Psychology major (some time ago), I’m always fascinated with motivations behind behaviors, perceptions of behaviors, and responses to behaviors — psychosomatic, emotional, or other. It’s one of the reasons I love watching serial killer documentaries (often, to my husband’s dismay!) Thanks for reading and responding.