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    practical experience, FTW cbenoi1's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by nighttimer View Post
    The Trump Doctrine is {...}
    There is no Trump doctrine, lower case 'd'. He's a narcissist. Period.

    Here's a rapid checklist of symptoms for your amusement ( DSM-5 ):

    Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    The definition of NPD states that it comprises of a persistent manner of grandiosity, a continuous desire for admiration, along with a lack of empathy. It starts by early adulthood and occurs in a range of situations, as signified by the existence of any 5 of the next 9 standards (American Psychiatric Association, 2013):

    • A grandiose logic of self-importance
    • A fixation with fantasies of infinite success, control, brilliance, beauty, or idyllic love
    • A credence that he or she is extraordinary and exceptional and can only be understood by, or should connect with, other extraordinary or important people or institutions
    • A desire for unwarranted admiration
    • A sense of entitlement
    • Interpersonally oppressive behavior
    • No form of empathy
    • Resentment of others or a conviction that others are resentful of him or her
    • A display of egotistical and conceited behaviors or attitudes
    This comes with a warning sign though. You'd be hard-pressed to find a shrink willing to poke a finger into that screwed-up gearbox in public for two reasons - a) ethics - can't pose a diagnosis without examining the patient nor can't publish the results without the patient's consent, and b) the Goldwater rule ( link ).

    Trying to corner Trump's political doctrine is a fallacy at best. There is no political agenda. There is no doctrine. Only a way of life that boils down to three bullet points: Me, Myself, and I. In other words, Trump will always choose the path that makes him look good or his adversaries lesser. Instant gratification regardless of the consequences. Besides there always was and always will be a cohort of loyal minions mopping up the mess behind him. They're the ones with the pesky little agendas. THAT is what makes Trump dangerous.

    Last edited by cbenoi1; 06-14-2018 at 03:44 AM.

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