To the Editor:

There is a lot of news lately about President Trump’s mental stability and his fitness to do the job. I am a retired Clinical Social Worker with 50 years of experience in the mental health field. I believe the current pronouncements are distorted and do not reflect a real understanding of mental illness.

There are three main categories: psychosis, neurosis, and personality disorder. Psychosis is a psychotic state of mind characterized by hallucinations and delusions. Neurosis is most associated with anxiety and depression. Personality disorders are characterized by dramatic, overly emotional, or unpredictable thinking or behavior. They reflect one’s view of the world and one’s role in it.

 For example, a person may be very suspicious and angry as a way of behaving, and would, therefore, believe that others think like he thinks, since that is his view of the world. He may develop a paranoid personality disorder believing others are as angry and suspicious as he is.

For some time, President Trump has been described as a narcissistic personality. One definition of this disorder is described as one having an inflated sense of their own importance, as a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. Behind their mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism. Actors and musicians tend to be narcissistic and you can see that in their troubled relationships and divorce drama. But, if they can maintain their popularity, they remain somewhat stable.

My point is that persons with personality disorders can be very effective as long as their life circumstances support their view of the world and of themselves. If that is seriously disrupted, then the person reverts to extreme measures to reestablish their esteem, power, or position that they feel they have lost.

President Trump has been very successful in making money and promoting himself into positions of power and influence. His intuition about issues that stir people’s emotions is amazing. His raising the “Birther” issues about Obama tapped into a feeling for many in the United States even if it wasn’t true. But, the inability to maintain this pinnacle of admiration will likely lead to more serious dysfunction.

Warren Townsend

Kempner

    

(5) comments

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@Warren Townsend: I am of the opinion that have listened to the newscasts, viewed him in a spot interview that are forced interviews of his person, whether true or not, and can retrieve a personality opinion whether true or not.

This then enables you to cast judgment on an individual.

I am of the opinion that, in regard to his predecessor, he is doing just what the people who elected to do and that is to right this wrong of human endeavor, and to cleanse this country from the path of destruction we are currently on. Now I know that many of you think that his predecessor was the cat's meow, but I am not of that opinion and as such are bothered by this wanton destruction of this man.

I am of the opinion that our President can solve business problems but can also solve many of the ills that is being forced on this country irregardless of 'what the news columns say about him'. He is trying to return this country to one that is proud to be an American, is proud to see the value of a culture that does not want the of the Confederacy culture to be isolated, torn down and removed from our history for that would be a great mistake, and to see the imbalance of our national culture being victimized by 'those who do not recognize what it is to be an American', and yes to build a wall for those who do not want to enjoy Americanism and the beauty of what is to be an American, to see this country for what it is, American who speaks English. And that we should be proud of, of being born an American.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

shogans01

Your description of a narcissist fits Trump to a T. As a business man he can only hurt a few as the leader of the free world. He can destroy the world. Read your own words of what could happen if his ego is threatened. I know u like him but he is dangerous

eyewatchingu

I agree with you Bubba, not only that I would think that it would be considered slander and violating ones right. How could anyone feel safe if these so called DR. can run around with out someone knowing it and making diagnoses with out someone knowing. This could put ones life in danger and the fact is used illegally to try and have someone committed with out true due process.
Shame on all these democrats!

Bubba1

Making diagnoses about persons without actually having met them, or not being currently licenses to do so, is unprofessional, unethical, and potentially illegal. Not to mention the dubious accuracy of such nonsense. You're dismissed.

centexdave

Exactly.

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