Dr. Drew Pinsky Says Trump May Actually Be Mentally Ill — What Does That Say About His Supporters?

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A big ego matched with a sense of infallibility are not favorable qualities for the potential leader of arguably the most powerful nation on the globe, qualities which many are saying Donald Trump displays.

Travis Gettys of Rawstory reports:

“Donald Trump’s opponents have been wondering what psychological disorders might explain the Republican presidential nominee’s erratic behavior — but Dr. Drew Pinsky is more curious about why his supporters are willing to overlook those warning signs.”

Dr Pinksy in an appearance on CNN with Don Lemon has said that “Trump does not fit the stringent legal definition for insanity — but he does show signs of multiple mental illnesses.”

“There’s two definitions of sanity, one is legal definition, and that is somebody who is so out of it they don’t know the difference between right and wrong,” Pinsky told CNN’s Don Lemon. “That is a very high standard for insanity, (and) very few people meet that standard. When you’re legally insane, you’re really not functioning.”

This is not to say that those with mental health issues are incapable of holding office, we should not create or perpetuate that stigma.
More than likely, other presidents have dealt with their own mental health issues.

Getty continues: “He told Lemon that Trump did not fit either the legal or clinical definition of insanity,  and then he discussed the candidate’s apparent narcissism.”

“People want to label him with a narcissistic personality disorder, and that is a pretty tough, tough thing to do at a distance,” Pinsky said. “But let me just talk to you, narcissism generally can be a good thing. If you’re a fighter pilot, we want you to be narcissist, not to have fear in extreme circumstances. Most political leaders have some degree of narcissism, what motivates them to go into these areas. We’ve done research on this, (and) it bears that out.”

While Pinsky elluded to Trump possibly having a narrisictic personality disorder, he “disagreed with HBO host John Oliver’s assessment that Trump was a sociopath” , citing Trump’s close relationships with his children.

Pinksy voices concerns that Trump displayed enough signs of mental instability eluding to shortcomings for holding a position in office.

“The question, though, is, are some of the reckless qualities that everyone is getting so disturbed about on the campaign going to be translated into office should he get elected?” Pinsky said. “That’s a pretty hard thing to predict. I don’t know if this is just somebody playing politics, or is this somebody who really can’t contain their impulses?”

Getty goes on to say “Pinsky wondered if Trump might show signs of bipolar disorder, which is characterized by unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels, along with an inability to carry out daily functions.”

“When I hear people that are impulsive with their speech, I worry about hypomania and bipolar types of conditions,” Pinsky said. “As he says, he has boundless energy. Again, a little hypomania can be great. There are a lot of hypomanic businessmen that get a ton done. Containing your speech, be thoughtful, take a beat before you say something, for those people it can be very, very difficult.”

What does that say about members of the public supporting Trump overlooking these qualities? Unapologetic to a fault, recently insulting a Gold Star family, amongst others. No one is safe from the barrage of bigoted, xenophoBic,  mysoginistic drivel that spews from the Donald, but many don’t seem to care.

Getty highlights Pinks in saying “Let’s just assume that most people that would choose to be in a very high-profile race like this would have narcissistic tendencies, and there’s something called sort of narcissistic injury, then narcissistic rage,”  “If you injure — if you really shame somebody — they tend to be sort of teflon when it comes to shame. If you shame them, they can react with extreme aggression and extreme rage. So this seems to be that kind of a psychological process.”

There are the obvious forseeable problems of diplomacy that will arise if Trump accompanied with his current attitudes and behaviour’s enter office.

Pinksy voiced that he’s questioned why this sort of behaviour is not only not rebuked, but appealing to many members of the GOP.

“I have a radio program on KABC, (and) what I keep hearing from listeners there is enough is enough,” Pinsky said. “If somebody is going to fight back, they’re going to say, whatever, and I don’t care what he says as long as it’s extreme and pushing back and he’s putting my country and my job first, I’ll get behind him whatever he says. There’s disregard for the content.”

“He said Trump’s candidacy was symptomatic of broader cultural tendencies.”

I agree whole heartedly. Trump is the reflection of today’s America looking at itself in the mirror. We can do better.

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(Article by Tasha Sharifa)

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