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Very interesting article and a look at the same old Trump but 30 years ago:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/05/16/...

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Three decades ago, I spent nearly a year hanging around Trump to write his first book, “The Art of the Deal,” and got to know him very well.

Early on, I recognized that Trump’s sense of self-worth is forever at risk. When he feels aggrieved, he reacts impulsively and defensively, constructing a self-justifying story that doesn’t depend on facts and always directs the blame to others.

To survive, I concluded from our conversations, Trump felt compelled to go to war with the world. It was a binary, zero-sum choice for him: You either dominated or you submitted. You either created and exploited fear or you succumbed to it — as he thought his older brother had. This narrow, defensive worldview took hold at a very early age, and it never evolved. “When I look at myself today and I look at myself in the first grade,” he told a recent biographer, “I’m basically the same.” His development essentially ended in early childhood.

In countless conversations, he made it clear to me that he treated every encounter as a contest he had to win, because the only other option from his perspective was to lose, and that was the equivalent of obliteration. Many of the deals in “The Art of the Deal” were massive failures — among them the casinos he owned and the launch of a league to rival the National Football League — but Trump had me describe each of them as huge successes.

Trump was equally clear with me that he didn’t value — nor even necessarily recognize — the qualities that tend to emerge as people grow more secure, such as empathy, generosity, reflectiveness, the capacity to delay gratification or, above all, a conscience, an inner sense of right and wrong. Trump simply didn’t traffic in emotions or interest in others.

When he is challenged, he instinctively doubles down — even when what he has just said is demonstrably false. I saw that countless times, whether it was as trivial as exaggerating the number of floors at Trump Tower or as consequential as telling me that his casinos were performing well when they were actually going bankrupt. In the same way, Trump sees no contradiction at all in changing his story about why he fired Comey and then undermining the explanatory statements of his aides, or in any other lie he tells. His aim is never accuracy; it’s domination.

But the reassurance he got from even his biggest achievements was always ephemeral and unreliable — and that appears to include being elected president. On the face of it, Trump has more opportunities now to feel significant and accomplished than almost any human being on the planet. But that’s like saying that a heroin addict has his problem licked once he has free and continuous access to the drug. Trump also now has a far bigger and more public stage on which to fail and to feel unworthy.

The Trump I got to know had no deep ideological beliefs, nor any passionate feeling about anything but his immediate self-interest.

Over the past week, in the face of criticism from nearly every quarter, Trump’s distrust has almost palpably mushroomed. No importuning by his advisers would stand a chance of constraining him when he feels this deeply triggered. The more he feels at the mercy of forces he cannot control — and he is surely feeling that now — the more resentful, desperate and impulsive he becomes.


This is as close to a psychiatric reading as we're going to get unless Melania has him committed.
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It certainly dovetails with how he has been running the White House and the government. But Melania will never have him committed -- she'll divorce his ass and take him for a pile of money. It give her two years before she's fed up and quits.
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It certainly dovetails with how he has been running the White House and the government. But Melania will never have him committed -- she'll divorce his ass and take him for a pile of money. It give her two years before she's fed up and quits.


Unlikely. He had a strong prenup with Ivanka.
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Three decades ago, I spent nearly a year hanging around Trump to write his first book, “The Art of the Deal,” and got to know him very well.

Early on, I recognized that Trump’s sense of self-worth is forever at risk. When he feels aggrieved, he reacts impulsively and defensively, constructing a self-justifying story that doesn’t depend on facts and always directs the blame to others.

To survive, I concluded from our conversations, Trump felt compelled to go to war with the world. It was a binary, zero-sum choice for him: You either dominated or you submitted. You either created and exploited fear or you succumbed to it — as he thought his older brother had. This narrow, defensive worldview took hold at a very early age, and it never evolved. “When I look at myself today and I look at myself in the first grade,” he told a recent biographer, “I’m basically the same.” His development essentially ended in early childhood.

In countless conversations, he made it clear to me that he treated every encounter as a contest he had to win, because the only other option from his perspective was to lose, and that was the equivalent of obliteration. Many of the deals in “The Art of the Deal” were massive failures — among them the casinos he owned and the launch of a league to rival the National Football League — but Trump had me describe each of them as huge successes.

Trump was equally clear with me that he didn’t value — nor even necessarily recognize — the qualities that tend to emerge as people grow more secure, such as empathy, generosity, reflectiveness, the capacity to delay gratification or, above all, a conscience, an inner sense of right and wrong. Trump simply didn’t traffic in emotions or interest in others.

When he is challenged, he instinctively doubles down — even when what he has just said is demonstrably false. I saw that countless times, whether it was as trivial as exaggerating the number of floors at Trump Tower or as consequential as telling me that his casinos were performing well when they were actually going bankrupt. In the same way, Trump sees no contradiction at all in changing his story about why he fired Comey and then undermining the explanatory statements of his aides, or in any other lie he tells. His aim is never accuracy; it’s domination.

But the reassurance he got from even his biggest achievements was always ephemeral and unreliable — and that appears to include being elected president. On the face of it, Trump has more opportunities now to feel significant and accomplished than almost any human being on the planet. But that’s like saying that a heroin addict has his problem licked once he has free and continuous access to the drug. Trump also now has a far bigger and more public stage on which to fail and to feel unworthy.

The Trump I got to know had no deep ideological beliefs, nor any passionate feeling about anything but his immediate self-interest.

Over the past week, in the face of criticism from nearly every quarter, Trump’s distrust has almost palpably mushroomed. No importuning by his advisers would stand a chance of constraining him when he feels this deeply triggered. The more he feels at the mercy of forces he cannot control — and he is surely feeling that now — the more resentful, desperate and impulsive he becomes.


I dunno, that doesn't sound much like the DJT I know who wants to make America great.
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maxo-texas wrote:
remorseless1 wrote:
It certainly dovetails with how he has been running the White House and the government. But Melania will never have him committed -- she'll divorce his ass and take him for a pile of money. It give her two years before she's fed up and quits.


Unlikely. He had a strong prenup with Ivanka.

Yeah, but she's got Baron. Talk about expensive child support payments.
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I dunno, that doesn't sound much like the DJT I know who wants to make America great.

I thought it explains pretty clearly why he isn't suited for the office of President of the United States.
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maxo-texas wrote:
remorseless1 wrote:
It certainly dovetails with how he has been running the White House and the government. But Melania will never have him committed -- she'll divorce his ass and take him for a pile of money. It give her two years before she's fed up and quits.


Unlikely. He had a strong prenup with Ivanka.
However, if she does have him committed does that mean she takes charge of the family finances? Or would that honor go to his children? I guess that's assuming he's personally worth much to begin with. It could just be that the business is where all the wealth is.
 
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maxo-texas wrote:
remorseless1 wrote:
It certainly dovetails with how he has been running the White House and the government. But Melania will never have him committed -- she'll divorce his ass and take him for a pile of money. It give her two years before she's fed up and quits.


Unlikely. He had a strong prenup with Ivanka.

As hot as he thinks she is, Ivanka is still his daughter.
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I think the guys reading is spot on. Trump has an innate need to feel loved and approved. The Presidency is a position where you cannot please everyone all of the time, in other words, he will and must conflict with some people at all times. His method of handling this is to double down and be defensive, and lying in the process.

He does have some charisma, I suspect he can be very affable and approachable in a social setting, but I suspect he does not have the capability to show feel the softer emotions, compassion, empathy, love. His encounters, even when friendly, are more like sessions where he sizes up his position versus theirs, and asks himself "What can this person do to further my cause, or support my lack of self worth". Do I know Trump, no, so this is speculation on my part, but I see thru his non-familial encounters that he does not seem capable of making long lasting, deep friendships, that are based on mutual respect. I could be wrong, but that is the way I see it, and apparently that is the way the author in the original post sees it.
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dkearns wrote:


I dunno, that doesn't sound much like the DJT I know who wants to make America great.


I thought you just stuck one of those red MAGA caps on your melon and poof!!!

Who woulda thunkd it be dis hard?!

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