Mental Illness and Donald Trump – Megalomania

Donald_Trump_2016_rtr_imgI am, at best, an armchair psychologist. It would probably be more accurate to say I have had a life-long interest in psychological issues.

One I have been thinking about a great deal lately is tied to the United States Presidential campaign. Specifically has been my interest in one particular candidate, Donald Trump. The fervor bubbling up around his candidacy is dynamic and for many reasons unsettling. This can be seen in the deep and even violent behavior seen from supporters and detractors of Trump. Whether it is near chaos at his political rallies, physical violence between opposing factions,  or vicious personal attacks it is clear everyone has an opinion and expects to be heard.

I am no different. As a Libertarian I do not revel in seeing Americans so hostile toward one another at any time, but it is not something that surprises me. He is a divisive person and thus he easily becomes a spark to divide people. Rigorous political debate, expressing intelligent and well thought out perspectives is crucial to bettering ourselves and our country. However, what we are seeing is something I would see as more of a cult of personality versus a much different view of what our country should be.

This idea of a vast group following one person, ignoring clear signs of underlying issues is disheartening. Leadership is something many people flock to for guidance, particularly in a world where clear leaders seem impotent.

Megalomania

Are you familiar with the term? I think we all have mental pictures that appear when that word is mentioned, or have lyrics from a song or two pop in our heads. What is it ‘officially’ though? I looked up the term in a few places and these are the basic concepts in identifying a megalomaniac (an actual mental illness.)

Delusional belief of superiority:

Is anyone greater than Donald Trump in Donald Trump’s mind?

I recall him saying ‘maybe’ Abraham Lincoln would have been a better President than he believes he would be, maybe. For him to be ‘delusional’ about this, it would have to be incorrect saying that he is superior. Superior to whom? Ok, we know how he feels he would rank in his list of past Presidents. He talks in the third person quite a bit, doesn’t he? (disassociative?)

Delusions of greatness:

Is Donald Trump “great?”

Again, this is very subjective. What makes a person great? Buying ice cream for some kids? Making a fortune out of the million he admits having had as a present from his father? Being a good person? What kind of greatness do you want from a President? Someone who tells you how great he is? When did anyone ever tell you it was a sign of greatness when someone insists on telling you how great they think they are? Ever?

Delusions about one’s own power:

Not sure about you, but I know what immediately jumped in my head. Do you recall him saying of the US Military,  “They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me,” he said. “If I say do it, they’re going to do it.” In this case he was referring to his comment about ordering the military to kill the families (intentionally) of terrorists among other things.

Trump has also said that he would “make” Mexico pay for a wall between our countries.

The President of the United States does not have power to unilaterally act outside of the checks and balances of the other branches of government.

Delusions about one’s own importance:

I think this list of Trump branded products and services might qualify…

  • The Donald J. Trump Foundation, Inc.
  • The Trump Corporation
  • The Trump Follies Member Inc.
  • The Trump Equitable Fifth Avenue Company
  • Trump 106 CPS LLC
  • Trump 55 Wall Corp
  • Trump 767 Management LLC
  • Trump 845 LP LLC
  • Trump 845 UN GP LLC
  • Trump 846 UN MGR Corp
  • Trump 846 UN MGR LLC fka 845 UN LLC
  • Trump AC Casino Marks LLC
  • Trump AC Casino Marks Member Corp
  • Trump Acquisition Corp.
  • Trump Acquisition, LLC
  • Trump Books LLC
  • Trump Books Manager Corp
  • Trump Brazil LLC
  • Trump Briarcliff Manor Development LLC formerly Briar Hall Development LLC
  • Trump Canadian Services Inc
  • Trump Canouan Estate LLC
  • Trump Canouan Estate Member Corp
  • Trump Caribbean LLC
  • Trump Carousel LLC
  • Trump Carousel Member Corp
  • Trump Central Park West Corp
  • Trump Chicago Commercial Member Corp
  • Trump Chicago Commercial Manager LLC
  • Trump Chicago Development LLC
  • Trump Chicago Hotel Member Corp
  • Trump Chicago Hotel Manager LLC
  • Trump Chicago Managing Member LLC
  • Trump Chicago Member LLC
  • Trump Chicago Residential Member Corp
  • Trump Chicago Residential Manager LLC
  • Trump Chicago Retail LLC
  • Trump Chicago Retail Manager LLC
  • Trump Chicago Retail Member Corp
  • Trump Classic Cars LLC
  • Trump Classic Cars Member Corp
  • Trump Commercial Chicago LLC
  • Trump Cozumel Corp
  • Trump Cozumel LLC
  • Trump CPS Corp
  • Trump CPS LLC
  • Trump Delmonico LLC
  • Trump Development Services LLC
  • Trump Development Services Member Corp.
  • Trump Drinks Israel Holdings LLC
  • Trump Drinks Israel Holdings Member Corp
  • Trump Drinks Israel LLC
  • Trump Drinks Israel Member Corp
  • Trump Education ULC
  • Trump Empire State, Inc.
  • Trump Endeavor 12 LLC
  • Trump Endeavor 12 Manager Corp
  • Trump EU Marks Member LLC
  • Trump EU Marks Member Corp
  • The Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC (fka Trump University CA LLC)
  • Trump Ferry Point LLC
  • Trump Ferry Point Member Corp
  • Trump Florida Management LLC
  • Trump Florida Manager Corp.
  • The Trump Follies LLC
  • Trump Fort Lee LLC
  • Trump Fort Lee Member Corp
  • Trump Golf Acquisition LLC
  • Trump Golf Coco Beach LLC
  • Trump Golf Coco Beach Member Corp
  • Trump Golf Management LLC
  • Trump Home Marks
  • Trump Home Marks Member Corp
  • Trump Ice LLC
  • Trump Ice Inc
  • Trump Identity LLC
  • Trump Identity Member Corp
  • Trump International Development LLC
  • Trump International Development Member Corp
  • Trump International Golf Club LC
  • Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited
  • Trump International Golf Club Inc.
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower Condominium
  • Trump International Hotel Hawaii LLC
  • Trump International Hotels Management LLC
  • Trump International Management Corp
  • Trump Kelowna LLC
  • Trump Kelowna Member Corp.
  • Trump Korean Projects LLC
  • Trump Las Olas LLC
  • Trump Las Olas Member Corp
  • Trump Las Vegas Corp.
  • Trump Las Vegas Development LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Managing Member LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Managing Member II LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Marketing and Sales LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Member LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Member II LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Sales & Marketing Inc.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas Unit Owners Association
  • Trump Lauderdale Development 2 LLC
  • Trump Lauderdale Development LLC
  • Trump Management Inc
  • Trump Marketing LLC
  • Trump Marks Asia Corp
  • Trump Marks Asia LLC
  • Trump Marks Atlanta LLC
  • Trump Marks Atlanta Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Baja Corp
  • Trump Marks Baja LLC
  • Trump Marks Batumi LLC
  • Trump Marks Batumi Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Beverages Corp
  • Trump Marks LLC
  • Trump Marks Canouan Corp
  • Trump Marks Canouan LLC
  • Trump Marks Chicago LLC
  • Trump Marks Chicago Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Cozumel Corp
  • Trump Marks Cozumel LLC
  • Trump Marks Dubai Corp
  • Trump Marks Dubai LLC
  • Trump Marks Egypt Corp
  • Trump Marks Egypt LLC
  • Trump Marks Fine Foods LLC
  • Trump Marks Fine Foods Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Ft. Lauderdale LLC
  • Trump Marks Ft. Lauderdale Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Golf Swing LLC
  • Trump Marks Golf Swing Member Corp
  • Trump Marks GP Corp
  • Trump Marks Holding LP (FKA Trump Marks LP)
  • Trump Marks Hollywood Corp
  • Trump Marks Hollywood LLC
  • Trump Marks Istanbul II Corp.
  • Trump Marks Istanbul II LLC
  • Trump Marks Jersey City Corp.
  • Trump Marks Jersey City LLC
  • Trump Marks Las Vegas Corp
  • Trump Marks Las Vegas LLC
  • Trump Marks LLC
  • Trump Marks Magazine Corp
  • Trump Marks Magazine LLC
  • Trump Marks Mattress LLC
  • Trump Marks Mattress Member Corp.
  • Trump Marks Menswear LLC
  • Trump Marks Menswear Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Mortoaoe Corp.
  • Trump Marks Mtg LLC
  • Trump Marks Mumbai LLC
  • Trump Marks Mumbai Member Corp
  • Trump Marks New Orleans Corp
  • Trump Marks New Orleans LLC
  • Trump Marks New Rochelle Corp.
  • Trump Marks New Rochelle LLC
  • Trump Marks Palm Beach Corp
  • Trump Marks Palm Beach LLC
  • Trump Marks Panama Corp
  • Trump Marks Panama LLC
  • Trump Marks Philadelphia Corp
  • Trump Marks PhiladelPhia LLC
  • Trump Marks Philippines LLC
  • Trump Marks Phil ippine s Corp
  • Trump Marks Products LLC
  • Trump Marks Products Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Puerto Rico I LLC
  • Trump Marks Puerto Rico I Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Puerto Rico II LLC
  • Trump Marks Puerto Rico II Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Punta del Este LLC
  • Trump Marks Punta del Este Manager Corp
  • The Donald J. Trump Company LLC
  • The Trump Marks Real Estate Corp
  • Trump Marks Real Estate LLC
  • Trump Marks SOHO License Corp
  • Trump Marks SOHO LLC
  • Trump Marks South Africa LLC
  • Trump Marks South Africa Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Stamford Corp
  • Trump Marks Stamford LLC
  • Trump Marks Sunny Isles I LLC
  • Trump Marks Sunny Isles I Member Corp.
  • Trump Marks Sunny Isles II LLC
  • Trump Marks Sunny Isles II Member Corp.
  • Trump Marks Tampa Corp
  • Trump Marks Tampa LLC
  • Trump Marks Toronto Corp
  • Trump Marks Toronto LLC
  • Trump Marks Toronto LP (formally Trump Toronto Management LP)
  • Trump Marks Waikiki Corp
  • Trump Marks Waikiki LLC
  • Trump Marks Westchester Corp.
  • Trump Marks Westchester LLC
  • Trump Marks White Plains Corp
  • Trump Marks White Plains LLC
  • Trump Miami Resort Management LLC
  • Trump Miami Resort Management Member Corp
  • Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck LLC
  • Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck Member Corp
  • Trump National Golf Club LLC
  • Trump National Golf Club Member Corp
  • Trump National Golf Club Washington DC LLC
  • Trump National Golf Club Washington DC Member Corp
  • Trump Ocean Manager Inc.
  • Trump Ocean Managing Member LLC
  • Trump Old Post Office LLC
  • Trump On the Ocean LLC
  • Trump Organization LLC
  • The Trump Organization, Inc.
  • Trump Pageants, Inc.
  • Trump Palace Condominium
  • Trump Palace/Parc LLC
  • Trump Panama Condominium Management LLC
  • Trump Panama Condominium Member Corp
  • Trump Panama Hotel Management LLC
  • Trump Panama Hotel Management Member Corp LLC
  • Trump Parc East Condominium
  • Trump Park Avenue Acquisition LLC
  • Trump Park Avenue LLC
  • Trump Payroll Chicago LLC
  • Trump Payroll Corp.
  • Trump Phoenix Development LLC
  • Trump Plaza LLC
  • Trump Plaza Member Inc. fka Trump Plaza Corp.
  • Trump Procida Fort Lee LLC
  • Trump Productions LLC (former Rancho Lien LLC)
  • Trump Production Managing Member Inc
  • Trump Project Management Corp.
  • Trump Properties LLC
  • Trump Realty Services, LLC (fka Trump Mortgage Services LLC (03) & Tower Mortgage Services LLC)
  • Trump Restaurants LLC
  • Trump RHF Corp
  • Trump Riverside Management LLC
  • Trump Ruffin Commercial LLC
  • Trump Ruffin LLC
  • Trump Ruffin Tower I LLC
  • Trump Sales & Leasing Chicago LLC
  • Trump Sales & Leasing Chicago Member Corp
  • Trump Scotland Member Inc
  • Trump Scotsborough Square LLC
  • Trump Scotsborough Square Member Corp.
  • Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium New York
  • Trump Soho Member LLC
  • Trump Toronto Development Inc
  • Trump Toronto Hotel Management Corp.
  • Trump Toronto Member Corp. (formaly Trump Toronto Management Member Corp)
  • Trump Tower Commercial LLC
  • Trump Tower Condominium Residential Section
  • Trump Tower Managing Member Inc
  • Trump Village Construction Corp.
  • Trump Vineyard Estates LLC
  • Trump Vineyard Estates Manager Corp.
  • Trump Vineyard Estates Lot 3 Owner LLC (fka Eric Trump Land Holdings LLC)
  • Trump Virginia Acquisitions LLC (fka Virginia Acquisitions LLC)
  • Trump Virginia Acquisitions Manager Corp
  • Trump Virginia Lot 5 LLC
  • Trump Virginia Lot 5 Manager Corp.
  • Trump Wine Marks LLC
  • Trump Wine Marks Member Corp.
  • Trump World Productions LLC y LLC
  • Trump World Productions Manager Corp
  • Trump World Publications LLC
  • Trump/New World Property Management LLC
  • Trump Castle Management Corp
  • Trump Marks White Plains Corp
  • Trump RHF Corp
  • The Donald J. Trump grantor Trust – DJT is the Trustee Successor – Trustee is Donald J. Trump, Jr.
  • The Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust

* Thanks to Quartz.com and writer David Yanofsky (@Yan0) for this list *

Summary:

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