This is a rumination on mental illness, its fallout, and the presidency.
After being sued in 1964 because their distanced diagnosis of Barry Goldwater cost him an election, and losing, the American Psychiatric Association adopted the “Goldwater Rule” in their code of ethics. They now consider it unethical to diagnose a public figure they have not personally examined. By doing this in ’64 they denied one certifiably mentally disabled person the presidency; and partially enabled another certifiably mentally disabled person to gain it by doing nothing in 2016.
This second person, whom I will no longer name for reasons stated below, would surely have sued the APA–and for much more than Goldwater’s $75,000.00. This person, like Goldwater before him, would not have consented to a psychiatric evaluation under any circumstances. It is, indeed, a symptom of his particular disorder that he is incapable of seeing the problem he has or any effects stemming from it.
The millions of people who voted for this person may have had their own delusions but all of them have become enablers, many unwittingly, of the things his disease causes him to do. Speaking of enablers, this person has surrounded himself with loyalists, many of whom –some wittingly– have chosen to enable this behavior for personal safety or gain. Others (members of racist organizations and foreign governments for example) are taking advantage of this person’s mental illness for very nefarious purposes indeed.
But enough of the fallout of the person and his condition for now. Let’s now move on to those silent enablers; the millions of medical professionals who had, in my opinion, reasons more pressing than the Goldwater Rule to declare the Republican candidate for President of the United States unfit for office. Unfit for the reason that he suffers from three easy-to-diagnose medical disorders which impair his ability to defend the Constitution and protect and serve the people of the United States of America.
Foremost of these is Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
I feel confident making this diagnosis as I am not bound by the rules of the APA, the AMA or any medical, psychiatric or ethical society. I am a private citizen who is not in any way qualified to give such a diagnosis. As an American, I am able to state my opinion without having my right to speak impinged upon by the government — of which this person may yet become the leader.
But I do have experience with mental illness. At least three members of my immediate family have been diagnosed with, and treated for, mental disorders; I have consulted therapists, psychiatrists and other medical professionals for years; and have been to, and studied the literature of, many programs dealing with the fallout of mental illness in my family of origin.
So, basically, pop psychologist who’s in therapy.
But why will I name the disorders (Vulnerable and/or Grandiose Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychosis– the Dark Triad) that this person suffers from but not name the person? Simple: the Narcissist needs constant reminders of his special status. And this I refuse to do because Narcissists feed on it and it’s damaging to them and others.
Just reading the Mayo Clinic’s description of NPD (above and here) it’s nearly impossible not to think of this person; he’s a classic case, even to the layperson. If only I took this person’s disorder (and chances of winning) more seriously, I would have done more to see that he was defeated. But it’s not too late to talk about dealing with this problem.
The Dark Triad. Cool band name but also a frighteningly simple way to diagnose dangerous Narcissists. Yes, we’re deep into Greek mythology and the Harry Potter fandom now but remember: Narcissus simply loved himself so much that he took root and became a reflection-seeking flower, while The Dark Lord had, and horribly abused, real power.
My goal is to turn our own American He Who Will Not Be Named from a potential tyrannical maniac into a self-gazing little flower with your help. But first, you can make the diagnosis…
Ask, on behalf of that newly minted politician, these questions…
- I tend to manipulate others to get my way.
- I tend to lack remorse.
- I tend to want others to admire me.
- I tend to be unconcerned with the morality of my actions.
- I have used deceit or lied to get my way.
- I tend to be callous or insensitive.
- I have used flattery to get my way.
- I tend to seek prestige or status.
- I tend to be cynical.
- I tend to exploit others toward my own end.
- I tend to expect special favors from others.
- I want others to pay attention to me.
How to score this test. If you concluded that you’re not dealing with a Narcissistic, Machiavellian Psychopath, then you need professional help. Simply said, we’ve managed to elect one of these Dark Triads as the leader of the free world.
And we have to help him — and ourselves — before he damages too much of our country, democracy, freedoms…! To do so I am calling for these steps:
- Understand and declare that our President Elect, due to his mental disorder, is unfit to discharge his duties.
- Do not refer to him by his proper name.
- Do not read, comment on, re-post or mention him on social media.
- Demand that news outlets cover him professionally and critically as is their responsibility.
- Better yet, call for a media blackout.
- Call out his bad behavior and that of his enablers.
- Familiarize yourself with the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution.
- Demand that your representatives fully understand the 25th Amendment.
- Ask your representatives to prepare for impeachment in the likely event that the President Elect, acting through his disease, perpetrates high crimes and misdemeanors.
- Remember that this person suffers from a disabling (preexisting) condition and that most of his bad behavior is related to his condition
I once thought that we were dealing with an immature, uneducated, unqualified bad businessman who was simply annoying. But what we’re really dealing with is an annoying, immature, uneducated, unqualified bad businessman with a serious mental disorder that could very possibly cause real harm to our country and its citizens. There are ways to protect ourselves — and our country– from this danger but we cannot be tricked into falling for the Narcissists tricks, the Machiavellian’s power grabs, and the Psychotic’s utter disregard for human life.
You have been warned and armed. Now please demand that the Press, the People, and the Government, help protect us from this poor, disabled man and the disease, from which he suffers; the fallout of which threatens to destroy our way of life.
Wikipedia The Goldwater Rule
Mayo Clinic Narcissistic personality disorder
Psychology Today 8 Ways to Handle a Narcissist
Psychology Today Shedding Light on Psychology’s Dark Triad
Wikipedia Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution
The Free Dictionary Articles of Impeachment