With many polls and experts predicting that Donald Trump will lose the upcoming election in November, one psychologist is predicting that if things don’t go his way, it could result in “vindictiveness” and “destruction,” Salon reported.
While Dr. Bandy X. Lee hasn’t treated Trump and can’t say for certain whether or not he has such a personality, she said that he exhibits signs of being a narcissist. If he does suffer from narcissism, it’s possible to predict how he will behave if he is forced out of the Oval Office, she noted.
Lee said that one doesn’t need to diagnose an individual to be able to recognize narcissism, and since Trump shows many of the signs in public, she is able to make a determination.
She explained that narcissists must overcompensate and create an inflated self-image because they are extremely insecure. When they feel like their needs aren’t being met, they can lash out in a desperate way.
Dr. Ramani Durvasula agreed with this diagnosis, saying that many of Trump’s actions show evidence of the mental disorder. For instance, repeatedly seeking validation about his crowd sizes or his “obsession” with appearing to have done better than his predecessor Barack Obama is evidence of narcissism.
Lee explained that it’s possible to predict how someone with that particular mental disorder will react when their insecurity is challenged.
“Rage attacks are common, for people are bound to fall short of expectation for such a needy personality — and eventually everyone falls into this category. But when there is an all-encompassing loss, such as the loss of an election, it can trigger a rampage of destruction and reign of terror in revenge against an entire nation that has failed him,” she said.
Durvasula added that it is similar to dealing with a 3-year-old who refuses to go to bed, dropping to the ground and screaming in protest.
“Plan on an adult version of that. As is often the case when a difficult personality style like this faces disappointment we tend to see a cascade of reactions — oppositionality, denial, rage, despair, paranoia, more rage, entitlement, victimhood, and vindictiveness,” she said.
As previously speculated, Trump might use his power to vent out his disappointment if he isn’t re-elected. Salon noted that in August, former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader said that the president could refuse to work with Joe Biden’s transition team and could use his Justice Department to harm his perceived detractors. He could also target pandemic assistance to areas that he feels are supportive of him.