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President Trump & Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissism is a highly prevalent buzz word in the psych world this year.

For several months now, many articles have been written about narcissists.  It makes me wonder if it is about educating people about a behavioral disorder that people might not be familiar with, or, are people just following a trend when they talk about narcissism.

I think this all started with President Trump. Many people tried to understand his narcissistic behavior, and find ways to explain his narcissism to the public.

Definition of Narcissisn: extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type. Narcissism also defined as is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s own attributes. The term originated from Greek mythology, where the young Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water.

Does that give President Trump a free pass cause narcissism could be something he was raised with the more or less inherited by his environment? Does that make him a victim or simply not aware of his behavior enough to change it. Originally I got excited knowing we had someone in the white house that had a mental condition that could provide a platform for a cultural discussion on mental health awareness, but, is a narcissist going to admit to having a Cluster B personality disorder?

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a cluster B personality disorder defined as comprising a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), a constant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.

If that doesn’t fit attributes of President Trump, I don’t know what else could truly exemplify a behavior that could, or have the potential to, provide education on NPD.  Moreover, it could enhance societies better understanding of what mental conditions entail, and how a mental health condition can affect the world at large.





President Trump & Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2017). President Trump & Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2020, from


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