12 thoughts on “What Trump’s Ascendancy Says About Our Mental Health

  • February 27, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Please make this go viral.

    • February 27, 2016 at 9:21 am

      From your mouth to the internet’s ears! Thanks, Sherri!

  • February 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Nothing else to say. This says it all!

  • February 29, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Here is the issue I have with this article: While I totally agree with what you say about his lack of empathy being a scary factor, we still have to look at this objectively. Donald Trump is first and foremost an actor. He knows what is going to drive the american people to vote for him and he takes advantage of his people pleasing abilities as an actor to garner attention. If that means berating his opponents with offensive language, then he isn’t going to hesitate to do it. While I do not condone his behavior, it is important to consider that, as an actor, he may simply be trying to persuade people by speaking in character as a big, macho, no-holding-back-the-insults jerk. We don’t really know yet what his real demeanor is, however I think it will surface when the primaries are over. I agree, I do not want someone who is a brash as he seems to be our president. I simply question whether or not this is all an act and if said act will clean up with time.

    • February 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

      His bullying demeanor and lack of empathy has been displayed in many other forums throughout his career (for example, unethical business practices). Also, it’s hard to believe it’s ONLY an act and doesn’t correspond to some true elements of his personality. But the bigger question is, what in the American psyche is responding so fervidly to a bully?

  • February 29, 2016 at 2:10 am

    On a side note: It is my personal belief that people aren’t supporting him because he wants to “trample others as a way to rise.” Instead, it is more logical to believe that people vote for him because of the passion he has for his cause. Forget about what exactly that cause is. If you take a look back on past presidents, there have been both good and bad presidents that won the election, and the vast majority of the time, it was simply because their campaign likely had the most passion at the time. However, hindsight being 20/20, we quickly realize whether or not we truly voted for the right person. For example, take a look at Ben Carson: A lot of republicans would actually agree with his viewpoints (at least more than 9% of them) over Trump’s viewpoints, but since his campaign isn’t that well known, he doesn’t get a proportional amount of votes. Why doesn’t he get attention that would seem more proportional? It isn’t because he has done anything particularly bad or wrong during his campaign, or because people despise his viewpoints. It is because he doesn’t speak with passion in the debates and the people (and the media for that matter) overlook him. People will support someone based on Pathos (emotions) such as passion far before they vote for someone based on the logos (logic) of their viewpoints. It is a sad thing that so many people throw their logic out the window like that because it proves that there is no guarantee that the best candidate will ever be selected.

    • February 29, 2016 at 8:44 am

      It’s an interesting idea–that people are responding to Trump because he seems the most passionate about his cause. But if his primary cause is “throw out immigrants because they’re rapists”, then…doesn’t it still say something troubling about American psychology? Or are we so conditioned to paying attention to the medium rather than the message that we can’t discern between a persona and the issues themselves?
      These are true questions, and not rhetorical, given that this particular blog post is, by its nature, speculative.

  • February 29, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Terrified that this guy is almost the republican nominee.

    My parents explain him away in these terms “people want someone who speaks their mind.”

    Dictators all over the work speak their minds. I find it a hard trait to value over diplomacy.

    • February 29, 2016 at 8:47 am

      And it’s not just about a lack of tact or diplomacy, from where I sit. There’s actual bullying and cruelty happening. If that’s what’s on his mind, then what makes that okay for people? Not only okay, but laudable? And potentially electable?
      In recent years, there’s been a strange duality: People are more aware of bullying, and that it’s okay to be different, and yet there’s also been marked decrease in overall empathy and a rise in narcissistic behaviors. I guess I’m trying to pull for more of the former and less of the latter, and I hope that the electorate winds up doing the same.

  • February 29, 2016 at 9:50 am

    If Trump should win the presidency, it will be the first time that this nation will see a dictator in the oval office. Is he playing a presidential hopeful, there is no sense of diplomacy or collaboration about him. I hope that this nation does not say that this OK. Great article.

  • February 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I completely agree that our support for Trump says a lot about the psychology of the American people. It’s the reason why to the outside world, we are viewed frequently as “stupid voters.” And yes, it is absolutely true; we ARE conditioned to paying attention to the medium rather than the message. Anyone who actually uses their brain knows his message is backwards! That is just simple philosophy though. As I stated before, people pay attention to Ethos (authority) and pathos (emotion) long before they look at the reasonable facts. These are sad times on both sides of political debates since it happens on both ends of the political spectrum. It’s sad to think that Donald Trump isn’t the only candidate that is appealed to based solely on emotion, but there may be a silver lining. There is a chance that a lesson will be learned from him. Regardless of whether or not he gets elected, the american people will be able to look back at what he said or did and realize how frivolous it is. It is in my hopes that we LEARN from him and the things he says so they do not happen in the future.

  • March 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Correction: What it says about the mental health of his supporters. The same people who are completely and totally opposed to any possible solutions to stem the gun violence epidemic. Megalomaniacs, me thinks…=/


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