Narcissism in the White House

The post “Coping with Chaos in the White House” by N. Ziehl on medium.com, 11/27/16, has become a popular reference for the symptoms of the recent popular vote loser. Narcissism, Ziehl says, is “not curable and it’s barely treatable.” Like bullying: the sufferer (that’s the right term: the person is ill) enjoys childish, self-centered antisocial behavior. Like someone subject to an overpowering addiction, why would he snap out of it? The narcissism or bullying becomes the person’s life. And the two disorders come together in the sick person now headed for our highest office.

Here’s how the post begins:

I want to talk a little about narcissistic personality disorder. I’ve unfortunately had a great deal of experience with it, and I’m feeling badly for those of you who are trying to grapple with it for the first time because of our president-elect, who almost certainly suffers from it or a similar disorder. If I am correct, it has some very particular implications for the office. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) It’s not curable and it’s barely treatable. He is who he is. There is no getting better, or learning, or adapting. He’s not going to “rise to the occasion” for more than maybe a couple hours. So just put that out of your mind.

2) He will say whatever feels most comfortable or good to him at any given time. He will lie a lot, and say totally different things to different people. Stop being surprised by this. While it’s important to pretend “good faith” and remind him of promises, as Bernie Sanders and others are doing, that’s for his supporters, so *they* can see the inconsistency as it comes. He won’t care. So if you’re trying to reconcile or analyze his words, don’t. It’s 100% not worth your time. Only pay attention to and address his actions.

3) You can influence him by making him feel good. There are already people like Bannon who appear ready to use him for their own ends….

read on at medium.com

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