CORE TRAITS OF CLINICAL PSYCHOPATHY
  • 13 autobiographical efforts (according to his Wikipedia page)
  • 68 biographies, many of which are richly sourced
  • Hundreds of interviews from print, radio, and television
  • Over 17,000 tweets since he announced his candidacy
  • Social media material from his Facebook page and YouTube productions
  • Court records
  • Details of financial dealings that made it into the press
  • Investigative reporting
  • Congressional hearings
  • Tell-alls by his “friends” and former staff and colleagues
  • “Engage in bogus claims of voter fraud.”
  • “Efforts to whip up the base for chaos and crisis.”
  • “Continue to signal to right-wing extremist groups to ‘stand by’.”
  • “Encouragement of thuggery by Trump caravans.” (‘his people’)
  • “Declare victory prematurely in an attempt to subvert election results.”
  • “Explicitly incite violence from armed militias.”
  • Act quickly without considering the consequences
  • Take huge risks since he craves sensation-seeking
  • Be driven by what captures his immediate self-interest
  • Continue to display no aptitude for governance
  • Fail to plan or persevere with any substantive task
  • Blithely ignore norms, the tragedy of lost lives, or appeals from anyone to rein in his reckless and derelict behavior
  • Have no limits on his behavior since he has no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of others
  • Deflect all blame for any damage he may inflict. Deny any responsibility
  • Have no feeling of discomfort to the suffering by others
  • Have disregard and disdain for others
  1. Antagonistic — hostile, disagreeable
  1. Detached — remote, distant, cold
  • Fear and alarm
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Shame and guilt
  • Gingrich’s slash and burn mode of political combat.
  • George W. Bush’s administration’s disdain for the “reality-based” community as “clueless.”
  • Mitch McConnell’s contempt for Senate rules and norms.

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Vince Greenwood, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who lives and works in Washington D.C. He founded DutyToInform.org.

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