Col. Sam Gardiner, USAF (ret) sent this after a contact to his “strategic psychiatrist” who has been contacted to help him understand Trump. She had been asked what could be expected next now that the rallies were done and the admiration seems to be diminished.
She suggested that he read about narcissistic rage.
Here is the description:
Narcissism (or Narcissistic Personality Disorder) is a diagnosis given to individuals under the classification of personality disorders. Narcissists are extremely selfish and self-centered people who are capable only of thinking about their own issues regarding power, prestige, and personal adequacy. They have little to no empathy, cannot understand the problems of people around them, and are not aware of other peoples’ feelings. Although they act superior and confident, this actually hides the fact that they have very fragile egos. The slightest disrespect or challenge can quickly lead to the development of a furious rage in them.
“Narcissistic rage” is a term coined by Heinz Kohut in his book The Analysis of the Self when it was published in 1972. It occurs when the narcissist perceives he is being personally “attacked” by someone else. Grandiose self-worth, vanity and entitlement are basic characteristics of this disorder; when these are challenged it often leads to narcissistic rage. Narcissistic rage is a reaction to” narcissistic injury”- a perceived threat to their self-worth or self-esteem. Their rages can be of two types: explosive or passive-aggressive. The explosive rages are just as they sound- explosive, volatile outbursts which may be verbal, physical, or both. The passive-aggressive rages are exhibited as withdrawal into a sulky, silent treatment as the means to punish the offender.
Narcissists need constant admiration, attention and compliments. They live with the illusion that they are perfectionists and that people revere them. That makes them dependent on other people to keep their self-esteem high. Therefore, any challenge, mildly negative remark, or disagreement from another person is considered criticism, rejection and even mockery. They take these personally as an assault or betrayal and lash out at the person who provoked them. Narcissistic rage often results in physical and/or emotional abuse.
Causes of Narcissistic Rage
1. Challenge to their Confidence: People with narcissism often place unrealistic demands on their partner or children. These demands are frequently challenged by the person in the relationship. When challenged, the narcissists’ brittle egos are unable to accept the idea that they were wrong or seen as imperfect. They turn this into a personal attack and respond with rage toward that person to regain their sense of superiority.
2. Injury to Self-Esteem: When a narcissist’s shortcomings are pointed out by someone, they feel an overwhelming sense of shame. The narcissist then lashes out toward the person who pointed out the shortcomings. The rage is executed to seek revenge upon the accuser. The need for revenge results in explosive rage and does not die down until the narcissist feels the person was dealt appropriate punishment.
3. False Sense of Self: The narcissist has a false sense of self. Underlying this false sense of self are feelings that he is not loveable for who he is or what he offers in relationships. When a lover or partner begins to feel doubts about the narcissist, that is when the narcissistic rage surfaces.
Types of Narcissistic Rage
Explosive: Narcissistic individuals have a violent outburst which can be both verbal and physical in nature. [Self-harm: Some narcissists like to manifest their rage by inflicting injury to themselves by cutting, burning, stabbing, etc.]
Passive-aggressive: The other way of expressing rage is passive-aggressive behavior where the narcissists do not harm the victim physically or mentally, but punish him passively (sulking, silent treatment, pretending they are invisible).
Just before New Year, we got the following analysis from a Ministry of Defence HR Director with a background as a Doctor of Psychiatry
Trump, he concluded, is a severe and blatant example of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
The symptoms of believing oneself to be more entitled, correct and justified, are readily Google-able.
Sufferers have little empathy towards others and the need for constant adulation, which for Trump to date has been little problem.
Soon hitting reality and being frustrated, angered and misunderstood by being thwarted or brought to task by other decision makers and nations, who also have needs and aspirations, and by sheer complexities, will lead to disproportionate anxiety and depression and probably more severe problems.
His evident delusions and inconsistencies indicate he may already have reached there.
Being surrounded by fearful acolytes would mask and complicate matters. Like past authoritarian leaders, he could wind up, discretely, on a cocktail of drugs, making him even more illogical, erratic and difficult to deal with.
He remains if sufficiently praised and encouraged though, a highly predictable and exploitable personality.
PS: Writing ‘Personality Profiles’ is something the Director said, he was successful at, and had been paid for in and out of uniform