The Personality Of Donald Trump According To Psychologists

Donald Trump’s personality continues to raise concern among mental health experts. Perhaps you suffer from some kind of psychological disorder? His histrionic behavior, his narcissism, his lack of empathy or his impulsiveness generate mistrust in many groups, including among those who work with him daily. On the other hand, the power he holds means that, if the suspicions are true, his figure and his actions can constitute a real threat to every living being on the planet.

Since Donald Trump assumed his presidency, several reports on his mental health have not stopped publishing. However, it is important to note that doing so leads to more than one ethical problem.

In the first place, it is not permissible for health and behavioral science professionals to report on people who have not previously undergone any rigorous evaluation. “To what extent are your hypotheses founded?” would be another question that should be considered if we consider making a psychological sketch of the character.

“With phrases like ‘I could shoot people on Fifth Avenue and I would not lose votes,’ Donald Trump already gives us a clue about his mental state.”

-John Gartner, psychologist at Johns Hopkins University Medical School-

Second,  many of the evaluations made focus more on the character himself than on the person. Thus, few public figures have invested as much in creating their own character and identity as Donald Trump. However, we do not know anything about that most intimate sphere where the man hides and not the caricature, there where to know, for example, how he relates to his relatives and those people who make up his closest environment.

However, the real problem is that we are not looking at just any public figure. The personality of Donald Trump, with its ups and downs, reactions, his tweets and behaviors generates, above all else, mistrust. And the unpredictability is a risk factor when we talk about a public figure that brings together so much power.

Donald Trump’s personality under examination

What we know about Donald Trump’s personality is inferred from his public behaviors. Without going any further, just a few days ago and during his state visit to Japan, we saw him star in a scene that went around the world again. It was for a moment that he and Japanese Minister Shinzo Abe paused to feed some goldfish from the Koi pond.

As is typical in Japanese culture, every act has its ceremonial, and Minister Abe, as expected, began to throw the food for the fish slowly and patiently. Donald Trump, enemy of patience and ceremonial, ended up turning the box to spill all the food at once.

Beyond the anecdotal, it evokes once again a fact that different voices have been warning, from professors at Yale University to the mental health organization ” A Duty to Warn “: Donald Trump may not be suitable for his position.

However, before pointing out which disorders they refer to specifically, they influence the analysis of their  public behavior and what we can infer from their personality. It would be the following.

  • Donald Trump does not like rules, protocols, receiving refusals or being opposed to him. Often defies the status quo and does not take orders. If we add impulsivity to these behaviors, we have what is classified in the DSM-5 as antisocial behavior.
  • It has a very short attention span. He shows little interest in opinions other than his own, his mental schemes are very rigid and his ability to process written information limited. He limits himself to living in the here and now, giving the feeling of not appreciating the long-term consequences that his behavior may have.
  • He has a clearly narcissistic personality. Likewise, they tend to trust very few people and tend to apply a dichotomous thinking about their relationships: you are friend or enemy, you are a patriot or you are not.
  • It appears to have fairly low impulse control.
  • He distrusts intellectuals, labels journalists as “dangerous” figures and avoids anyone who is an expert in any field because he assumes that he will hold an opinion contrary to his and that they will expose him.
  • He’s very socially skilled, but that skill has only one purpose: to be the center of attention. If you don’t succeed, you feel frustrated and angry.

“Most people are in love with their personal drama. Your personal story is your identity. The ego runs your life “

-Ekhart Tolle-

Possible mental disorders in the portrait of Donald Trump

We pointed it out at the beginning. It is not considered ethical to publish psychological reports on people who have not been personally interviewed. In fact, it is a violation of the so-called “Goldwater Rule”.

However this line has been crossed, and who has carried out this series of reports is the psychologist John Gartner, from Johns Hopkins University. What’s more, a few months ago, up to 18,000 psychologists signed a petition warning that Donald Trump is mentally incapacitated for the position he holds.

As published in an article in the ” Psychology Today ” space , Donald Trump’s personality reveals potentially dangerous traits. In fact, as Dr. Gartner himself explains, we are dealing with someone who curiously may suffer from a serious inferiority complex.

However, as Alfred Adler indicated at the time, there are people who deal with their inferiority complex by developing a strong domination and hostility over others with a single objective: to validate themselves, to satisfy their own needs.

Experts have noted that Donald Trump meets several criteria published by the DSM-V. Factors that would determine at least three personality disorders, namely: narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and paranoid personality disorder.

We emphasize once again that all this is mere appreciation of the public behavior of President Trump. We should not assume it as true and even less as valid. They are assumptions published by a group of experts who want to put on the table an aspect that, in essence, is important: before a politician assumes a position of power, he should go through a series of tests to assess his psychological aptitude.

To conclude, we do not know if the personality of Donald Trump would approach, as many say, the well-known dark triad of personality (narcissism,  psychopathy and Machiavellianism), we do not know whether it is truly dangerous for the position. 

It may all remain in mere appearances, in the mask of a character that, although disturbing, is harmless. Time will tell, let’s just hope that he limits himself to showing off his position well and at most, accumulating more innocent anecdotes, like the one that happened with the golden carp of Japan.