It's eerie how she managed to nail the way the POTUS operates, why the GOP lined up to support him, and the reason his supporters love him to this day.
People in America have been patiently waiting for probably the most important election of their lifetime, with many hoping to finally rid the White House of President Donald Trump. During his term as commander-in-chief, Trump has been constantly criticized for many of his decisions including his inadequate handling of the coronavirus pandemic. To this day, he doesn't seem to be bothered by the scrutiny as he continues to hold "super-spreaders" rallies in the midst of an uncontrolled global health crisis, leading people to believe that he may have a personality disorder.
When Trump first announced that he would be running for President, Elizabeth Mika was one of several psychologists who publicly raised concerns about it. In her essays published during the 2016 pre-election period, Mika perfectly explained who Trump really is. It's eerie how she managed to nail the details about the way the POTUS operates, why the GOP lined up to support him, the reason his supporters love him to this day, and why the opposing group has been left in despair and frustrated by the man and his cult-like followers. Mika has warned everyone about how dismal the future would look like if someone like Trump got access to the ultimate power.
3 days before the most important election of our lifetime, this is the most salient and still officially unaddressed fact:— Elizabeth Mika (@yourauntemma) October 31, 2020
Donald Trump is a profoundly psychologically damaged man whose incurable character defect, narcissistic psychopathy, makes him a danger to our survival.
"My opinion, based on observations of his behavior, public accounts from his family and associates, and all the information we have about his developmental and relational history, is that he is a malignant narcissist," she explained. "Malignant narcissism is the extreme end of the narcissistic spectrum. It is a condition comprised of psychopathy, sadism, manipulativeness, and paranoia, in addition to narcissism. The term, not found in DSM, was coined by Erich Fromm who considered malignant narcissism the most dangerous form of psychopathology known to humankind. Narcissistic psychopathy may also apply. I use these terms interchangeably, although malignant narcissism encompasses a greater range of clinical manifestations," Mika told Upworthy.
He represents and is propped and championed by the darkest forces in our society whose aim is to destroy human rights and values, and America as we know it.— Elizabeth Mika (@yourauntemma) October 31, 2020
This is why he was elected the first time. His second term would finish the job.
While the psychologists maintain that Trump may have other issues, she pointed that the core of the POTUS comes from his "lack of conscience (psychopathy)" and his "unusual ego fragility that manifests in his insatiable need for adulation (narcissism)." Furthermore, she added, "By the way, this is a character defect and not a mental illness. It is fixed (unchangeable), permanent, and incurable. It is who he is. The defect, to be precise, is chiefly his missing conscience, which makes him incapable of empathy, guilt, and shame, unable to experience higher level feelings, and understand and respect higher values. We may not need clinical labels if I understand that this last sentence defines Trump's character."
This 👇 is important. I need to understand that I am part of the problem and that is why I can be part of a solution. We know that we are all part of the whole — but it is hard to acknowledge it. https://t.co/5Q8G7tvNOC— William L. Anderson (@band) November 1, 2020
Mika explains how an upbringing in post-WWII Soviet-occupied Poland has sensitized her to authoritarian regimes. "I have noticed that people who grew up in oppressive regimes, as well as victims of narcissistic abuse, were the first to raise alarms about Trump's presidency," she said noting the threat of Trump's narcissistic psychopathy poses. Although many agree with her assessment of the 74-year-old, it's frustrating to see how his base is not bothered by a leader who is missing a conscience. "There are many people, of course, who don't see anything wrong with Trump," said Mika about the blind support that boosts Trump's insatiable ego. "On the contrary, they adore those traits that we see as pathological and believe that they make him a great leader. They elect him because of his pathological character traits best suit their agendas, namely the destruction of the existing socio-political structure and their 'enemies'—typically The Others—whom they blame for their life failures."
This is a remarkable piece helping to explain Trump, Trumpism, and the corrosive impact of American exceptionalism and neoliberalism. References Alice Miller’s work which has influenced my thinking. A great read. https://t.co/N1CeHYq5V5— David Wensel (@DEWApex) November 1, 2020
She continued, "As I write in 'Trumpian Victory,' Trumpism is about rage and revenge: rage that stems from aggrieved entitlement, but also from the very real wounds, and the revenge on those who are seen, mostly erroneously, as responsible for those wounds...Malignant politicians will steer people's anger away from themselves and other responsible parties, and blame it on easy, vulnerable scapegoats—immigrants, refugees, minorities, women, eternal Others." When asked about what the second term would look like if Trump wins on Tuesday, Mika grimly noted, "It would be the end of America as we know it."
This is an example of how Trump's dangerously defective character is rationalized away because he made trains run on time, to borrow the phrase used with Mussolini.— Elizabeth Mika (@yourauntemma) November 1, 2020
But what the editorial board of PPG forgets is that character is destiny. https://t.co/wOSu0tpgc4
"A full-blown reign of pathocracy of the kind that we are already seeing at work in the Trumpian unreality fueled by lies, grandiose boasts, rage directed at The Others—immigrants, minorities, political opponents—and wide-ranging incitements of violence, which would become policy as well. Trump's second term will be oriented toward revenge on his critics, solidifying his power, padding his pockets, and destroying the last remnants of the institutions that stand in his way to absolute power," she added. The process of this psychology has been explained in her essay Tyranny as a Triumph of Narcissism. She also explained that the "Goldwater Rule," which makes it unethical for psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about someone without conducting an examination and having authorization for revealing them, has prevented many psychiatrists from warning the nation against the President's obvious, dangerous pathologies.
It continues to this day with the narrative that Trump and Trumpism are alien and incomprehensible.— Elizabeth Mika (@yourauntemma) November 1, 2020
This otherization serves to remove us (ie mostly folks of power and influence, but not only) from responsibility for the encroaching fascism. It still can't happen here.
But Mika is determined not to let this stop her. "We have a pathological president whose character defect is the defining feature of everything that happens in our political life today, and that includes our botched COVID response that has resulted in so much needless death and suffering," she said. "Pretending that these problems—namely, Trump's psychopathology—do not exist is an insult to our decency and common sense. Such denial is, however, a predictable mechanism in the spread of pathocracy—the rule of people without a functioning conscience (psychopaths, narcissists, and their ilk)." However, she remains more hopeful this time around as many have raised concerns about the President. "We have now this opportunity to become aware of the deep psychological processes working in and through us and thus change them," she said.