Mental health is only a concern when it’s relative to us, right?
What do Michael Jackson, Brittney Spears, Chris Brown, and DMX all have in common? Every single one of them has been publicly ridiculed for their mental instability. Ironically, there are some prominent celebrities who have managed to mass cult-followings based on their neurotic personalities.
“That Lexapro got me drowsier than a heart attack” chanted Kanye West on fellow Chicago rapper Vic Mensa’s single “U Mad” in 2015.
If his anxiety has anything to do with him being prescribed Lexapro, then it would explain his bizarre VMA Vanguard acceptance speech last August when he randomly announced that he would be running for president in 2020. Like most people, I wasn’t concerned about the fact that a rapper may possibly run for President in five years because there was already an egotistical, obnoxious, politically inexperienced man running for president at that moment, and that man’s name was Donald J Trump.
Mr. Trump has many similarities to Kanye though: a sense of entitlement, an inability to accept criticism, an obsessive self-focus, and a history of untimely, inappropriate commentary. From a psychological standpoint, these traits are all red-flags of men diagnosed with a narcissistic personality. While we all can probably come to a consensus that these guys are excellent showmen, the idea that either one of them is qualified to take place as our Commander in Chief just doesn’t sit well with everyone.
“He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example [of narcissism],” said George Simon, a psychologist and bestselling author in a Vanity Fair article published last November. “Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.”
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM5), which is the standard, up-to-date diagnostic handbook for those working in the psychiatric field, the current GOP nominee may also suffer from antisocial personality disorder. People with this antisocial personality disorder are commonly referred to as sociopaths. As stated in DSM5, a few of the textbook traits that can identify individuals falling under the scope of sociopathy are:
- Lying, deception, and manipulation, for profit or self-amusement,
- Impulsive behavior
- Irritability and aggression, manifested as frequently assaults others, or engages in fighting
- Blatantly disregards safety of self and others,
- A pattern of irresponsibility and
- Lack of remorse for actions
Many of the cult-like followers of the Trump 2016 campaign admire his imprudent, blunt, and unapologetic nature and it’s because they’re tired of being lied to by cookie-cutter politicians like Hillary Clinton who seem to make promises based off of their allegiance to the Super PACS and special interest groups that fund their campaigns.
His followers, the ones wearing the “Make America Great” hats who would skip the birth of their first-born in order to attend his rally two states away, have probably never fathomed that the flawed logic coming from their messiah’s mouth may actually derived from a place that’s a little less than sane.
When it comes to lies, especially for profit, there may be nothing Donald Trump won’t do. An ongoing analysis provided by USA today revealed that the current GOP nominee and his businesses are involved in 4,056 lawsuits, which is unheard of, especially in that magnitude, for a presidential candidate.
Trump University was of his most controversial businesses, which ultimately came back to haunt him in 2012 — two years after going defunct following a five year run. Essentially, Trump University was a school that Donald Trump owned 93% of, which was not accredited, did not award college credits or even grades, and yet still charged its “students” anywhere from $1,500 to $35,000.
“While Trump University claimed that its teacher and mentors were all experts in real estate, I believe that most of the instructors, mentors, and coaches had very little or no personal experience in the real estate techniques they were teaching” stated Ronald Schnackenberg, a former salesmen in his affidavit against TU.
If that wasn’t enough, in 2015 Donald was awarded Lie of the Year by Politifact, the premier fact-checking organization for anything political. Apparently, 72% of the claims he made during his campaign that year were inaccurate. To add insult to injury, he also holds the record for having the most “Pants on Fire” statements. Let me explain, there are six ratings in this system ranging from “True” to “Pants on Fire”, which according to the website’s description means, “The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim”.
There are times when a man can lie and only hurt himself. But how should we feel about someone who purposefully hurts other in the process to compensate for his own insecurities?
Ivana Zelnícková claimed that she was sexually violated, or raped, by her previous husband, Donald J. Trump, when he came back home unpleased with the scalp reduction surgery performed on him by a doctor she had recommended.
In Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, a book written by reporter Harry Hutt III, the controversial TV personality angrily yelled, “Your fucking doctor ruined me,” and the he started pulling “fistfuls of hair from her scalp, as if to mirror the pain he felt from his own operation.”.
What followed was him forcefully entering her for the first time in 16 months, against her will, according to Hurt. When it was finally over, he looked over to his dismayed wife and nonchalantly asked her “Does it hurt?”
What we’re observing here is a man who is engulfed in insecurities, so much so, that his only possibly solution is to deflect, which we know he’s capable of, especially with humor (i.e. awfully tasteless response he gave to Rubio about his “small hands”).
Then again, how could we forgot about the time he tweeted at Ariana Huffington stating that she “is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.””
His followers never stopped rooting; they just cheered him on and told us all to stop being so politically correct. There’s a problem here that no one outside of the “Anti-Trump party” is going to address. This isn’t about politics, this is about the future of our society, and we need to make the right decisions before it’s too late.