Article Roundup: Trump’s Psychology

One of the bonuses of Trump’s presidency is the boom in articles about narcissism. It’s sort of, um… nice? No. Convenient? Closer. …that we have a shared case to study.

These are the best articles I’ve found that discuss Trump’s pathologies, from the grand character assessments to the small but revealing details.

Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All
“The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.

If you’re going to read any article, read this one. Tony Schwartz spent a year and a half shadowing Trump for what sounds like the entirety of Trump’s working day, and he knew Trump better than Trump knew himself.

The Mind of Donald Trump
Narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity—a psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency.

Trump and the Pathology of Narcissism
Diagnosing the president was off-limits to experts – until a textbook case entered the White House

Trump’s ‘Apprentice’-style hiring is upending Washington
The president goes on gut and instinct — and he keeps offering Chris Christie jobs.

How Trump’s campaign staffers tried to keep him off Twitter
The trick? Making sure his media diet included a healthy dose of praise.

One Trump associate said it’s important to show Trump deference and offer him praise and respect, as that will lead him to more often listen. And If Trump becomes obsessed with a grudge, aides need to try and change the subject, friends say. Leaving him alone for several hours can prove damaging, because he consumes too much television and gripes to people outside the White House.

Have You Ever Seen Donald Trump Laugh?
As Trump himself might say, there’s something going on.

Donald Trump’s Obsession with Applause

It’s no secret that President Trump is obsessed with his own popularity, as measured by polls, ratings and Time magazine covers. But last night, the president revealed that this obsession goes even deeper than his constant tweets about poll numbers would suggest.

Trump’s Childhood

Trump’s first ghostwriter noted that Trump has a weird, almost pathological, inability to remember much about his childhood, and no interest trying. That’s not unusual for narcissists. But the details people have turned up are revealing.

Confident. Incorrigible. Bully: Little Donny was a lot like candidate Donald Trump

This Is Where Donald Trump Played By The Rules And Learned To Beat The Game

Trump This!: The Life and Times of Donald Trump, An Unauthorized Biography, by Mark Shapiro


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