The mental health of President Trump has come under question and it appears that this has not surfaced recently. Sources say the even before President Trump became President Trump there were some psychological professionals who believed that Donald Trump was mentally ill but these health professionals remained silent because of their ‘Goldwater Rule’
Developmental psychologist Howard Gardner from, Harvard Graduate school of Education had labeled Donald Trump to be ‘Remarkably Narcissistic’ while clinical psychologist George Simon has said that he is in fact storing video clippings of the President to use it for his workshop as he is the perfect example of the illness. Another clinical psychologist, Ben Michaelis believes that what President Trump has is a ‘Textbook Narcissistic Personality Disorder’
So, why haven’t these reports been raised prior to Donald Trump’s ascension to Presidency? The answer is the Goldwater Rule.
So, what is this Goldwater Rule? It was a rule adopted by American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 1973, which states that, public comments about mentally ill people must not be made by experts and professionals in the field until the patient has been personally examined and diagnosed. But this man was running for the presidency for God sake. Someone could have raised a red flag and questioned it then rather than allowing him to ascend to the throne and raising their voice now when they think that the country is in danger.
Some professionals have suggested that, Mr. Trump has Narcissistic Personality Disorder and they have come to this conclusion based on these facts
- Lack of empathy
- Belief that he is superior than others and deserves special treatment
- Struggles with criticism
- Seeks excessive admiration and attention
- Self-perception of being unique
- Fixated with fantasies like power, success and intelligence
35 mental health professionals have sent a letter to the New York Times,
“Silence from the country’s mental health organizations has been due to a self-imposed dictum about evaluating public figures (the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 Goldwater Rule). But this silence has resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time. We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.
Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).
In a powerful leader, these attacks are likely to increase, as his personal myth of greatness appears to be confirmed. We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.”
This has seriously questioned Donald Trump’s capability to act as the president of the Unite States.
But there are some who say that public opinion about the President is an amateurish behavior by mental health professionals and they still believe that “President Trump is a narcissist but that does not make him mentally ill. There is a difference.” But the world has seen how the actions of President Trump has affected the Country in multiple dimensions. Also there is a report that says that after a very recent survey it has been found that, 57% of the Americans have recently experienced a lot of stress due to the political situation of their country.
So, mentally ill or narcissist, there is no doubt that whatever might be the underlying reason, the first few months of President Trumps rule has been nothing but a disaster and the question to be asked now is, should the rule be allowed to continue?
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