Atlantic psychoanalyzes Trump

From psychologist Dan P. McAdams at Atlantic:

Trump’s personality is certainly extreme by any standard, and particularly rare for a presidential candidate; many people who encounter the man—in negotiations or in interviews or on a debate stage or watching that debate on television—seem to find him flummoxing. In this essay, I will seek to uncover the key dispositions, cognitive styles, motivations, and self-conceptions that together comprise his unique psychological makeup. Trump declined to be interviewed for this story, but his life history has been well documented in his own books and speeches, in biographical sources, and in the press. My aim is to develop a dispassionate and analytical perspective on Trump, drawing upon some of the most important ideas and research findings in psychological science today.

Okay, so go for it:

Who, really, is Donald Trump? What’s behind the actor’s mask? I can discern little more than narcissistic motivations and a complementary personal narrative about winning at any cost. It is as if Trump has invested so much of himself in developing and refining his socially dominant role that he has nothing left over to create a meaningful story for his life, or for the nation. It is always Donald Trump playing Donald Trump, fighting to win, but never knowing why. More.

Reality check: That was the main reason he was nominated of course. There may be plenty wrong with Donald Trump, but it is hard to see how anyone can take social sciences seriously now.

See also: Our American Friend: It’s Over, Over Here
Trump is nominee

  • I think I’ll take Scott Adams’ eccentric but engaging insights instead.

    • He’s good – for a Democrat;)

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        He’s only declared himself a democrat for his own personal safety.

        • andycanuck

          I think you missed BCF’s winking smiley face, dance.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Scott Adams is winking, too.

  • Spatchcocked

    Every shrink I’ve known has what I term pretty serious personality flaws tending toward eccentric and almost cuckoo behaviour….
    I wonder what THIS shrink is hiding in the dark declivities of his soul.
    And anyway Thomas Szasz didn’t do anyone any favours did he….

  • mauser 98
    • infedel

      Ha! Yeah…barry sotero sealed his records and the media was complicit.

    • andycanuck

      I don’t think it was the Atlantic but I know some relatively-major news outlet analyzed Bush 43 back when.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Woody Allen as Zelig: “I was an associate of Freud until we got into a dispute over penis envy. He thought it applied only to women.”

  • Waffle

    “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;. . .”
    (W.S. As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7)

  • ghost of benghazi

    Blah Blah, Trump, Blah Blah Trump , Blah Blah Blah Tump. But nothing on Hillary. Folks we are living in the age of Retards.