The Location, Location, Location Based Mental Disorder That Has Eaten Trump’s Mind and Endangered the World
Inferiority complex is defined as an “unrealistic feeling of general inadequacy caused by actual or supposed inferiority in one sphere, sometimes marked by aggressive behavior in compensation.” Based on the first several days of his presidency, as well as his earlier campaign antics, few reasonable people would argue that it seems Donald Trump suffers from this malady. “But,” some may say, “he’s rich, he’s powerful, and now he is even the president! What could be the cause of this feeling of inferiority that causes him to lash out so madly?”
I, yes I and only I, can tell you the root of this mental disorder that has given us a president who can be baited by tweets, angered beyond reason by any form of criticism, and is narcissistically obsessed to the point of pathological lying in an effort promote himself and seek affirmation from the public. It is a very little studied mental disorder of the mid-to-late 20th Century, and endemic to one specific geographic area in the nation.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you have read that correctly. Queensferiority is real, it exists, and the current president has carried the virus with him for his entire life. Indeed, carrying that disease so long has caused it to permeate and infect every single fiber of his being and cause the aggressive retaliatory acts and mad statements that have been painfully obvious to the American public since Trump launched his bid for the presidency. But to those who have known of him and followed him longer, it is clear that this malady has affected him his entire life.
Perhaps a definition of Queensferiority is in order here. Though not officially recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the Center for Disease Control, or the American Medical Association, Queensferiority is an extreme version of the inferiority complex that derives from geographic context; namely, being born in Queens. Specifically, being born and raised in Queens between 1940 and 2000, because thankfully the disorder is on the wane in the early decades of the 21st century. Literally millions of happy, successful, and well-adjusted American citizens have been born and raised in Queens and were never infected. Being born in Queens during that timeline in and of itself does not cause the disease, for there are other factors that contribute. The main contributing factor is a susceptibility to envy and jealousy of Manhattanites. Indeed the reason for the decline in the disease in recent decades is the growing appreciation of the diversity of peoples, the range of food and cultural events, and attractive housing and outdoor spaces in this borough of New York City. In the previously defined timeline however, these qualities were not widely recognized and that made certain vulnerable citizens of the borough ripe for infection. One infected person is Donald Trump.
Growing up wealthy in this “outer borough” of the city, as Donald Trump did, is indeed another contributing factor. The rich of Manhattan were, I’m sure, dismissive and unaccepting of the provincial nouveau riche boy of Queens. Few rich children in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s would have their chauffeurs drive them all the way to this wasteland known as Jamaica Estates (I am sure the other rich children laughed at the name of the neighborhood as well) for a young Donald’s birthday party — even if there were several ponies and a circus tent in his backyard. Queens was for working people, for highways to get to Jones Beach and the Hamptons, and for airports. How could a boy from Queens even amount to anything? This lack of acceptance, this labeling, and this blatant discrimination would further weaken a young Donald’s immunity to Queensferiority and start the downward spiral to madness. You can picture the young Donald seething by the rear gazeebo of his home while looking up at the Grand Central Parkway, “I will show them…someday I will show them all….”
And, indeed, Trump did go on to show a lot of people quite a lot of things. A penchant for lies. An inflated outward display of entitlement. A disregard for working people, despite his pandering rhetoric (we can speak of the many bankruptcies he has caused for small business owners, the undocumented Polish laborers,and the Civil Rights housing discrimination cases). On display is a lifetime of striving for greater social recognition, more power, more wealth, more fame, more, more, more…feeding his seemingly incurable disease.
Sadly, it never seems to be enough. Daily we see a man lashing out in supposed defense of how great he is, how smart he is, how strong he is, and how virile he is in an almost uncontrollable manner. This “aggressive behavior,” in compensation for this disease which has plagued him his whole life, would be something to be pitied — if it were not for the fact that he is president and puts us all at risk with his mental instability.
Recently, Keith Olbermann made a public plea to Trump supporters to recognize that the current president is “not of sound mind.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman tweeted “An American first: A president who was obviously mentally ill the moment he took office.” Neither man, though, could name the exact disorder. I will name it again here.
Having spent 72% of my life in Queens, having been born and raised there during the previously identified period of potential infection, I can speak personally to this issue. Queens — currently the most diverse borough in the entire world, full of wonderful working people and families — is near and dear to my heart and part of how I define myself. It is a truly wonderful place. That said, I am sticking to my story. Queensferiority has eaten Trump’s mind. Look out world. God help us.