More than any other in recent history, this presidential election has raised intense scrutiny of both candidates’ character to be President of the United States. Donald Trump has had repeated allegations against him of narcissism and whether his temperament is suitable for the presidency.
Narcissism demands to be mirrored and refuses to be challenged. It demands acclaim, obedience, and accommodation, while disregarding others. Whether narcissism overtakes the home, the workplace, or the national stage, everyone who comes under Narcissus’s spell, both the narcissist and their subjects, suffer.
Pundits insist that politics has seldom been as polarized as it has become during this presidential election. It is a coincidence of opposites, a coincidentia oppositorum. While Donald Trump has galvanized vast numbers of angry, disaffected voters, Senator Bernie Sanders mobilized enormous crowds of young voters who seemed passionately committed to revolutionizing American politics. Regardless of the winner of the contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it is vital to recognize what is happening on this global political stage…
Join us as together we look at:
- What is Mr. Trump’s temperament and is it fair to label it as narcissistic?
- What is the difference between healthy presidential narcissism and malignant presidential narcissism?
- What are the unconscious factors drawing the U.S. electorate to a candidate as untraditional as Trump?
- What deep fears and hidden thoughts in the U.S. have been activated by the campaigns?
Steven Buser, M.D. trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the US Air Force. He is a graduate of a two-year Clinical Training Program at the CG Jung Institute of Chicago and is the co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. In addition to a busy psychiatric private practice, he serves as Publisher of Chiron Publications