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Could 1000+ psychiatrists and psychologists be wrong in calling Trump dangerous?

He’s hazardous and unfit for office, but not because of crackpot theories

I must admit I don’t have a high opinion of most standard therapists. Yet, I have met a wonderful clinical psychologist, and a client of mine who once went to a psychiatrist and impressed me with what he reported on him.

Not a friend of Donald J. Trump either, I’m only interested in the truth.

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The above movie Unfit from 2020 is now free to watch on the Internet. I will discuss the whole thing. A couple of good qualities of Trump are mentioned by a layperson (Scaramucci), but by none of the therapists.

From the start, high-ranking psychiatrists and psychologists have their ‘obvious’ label ready for him. That’s the state of their (crooked) art: what to label people. Today, this categorizing is now done so ‘well,’ that labels will stick life-long. These book-smart, street-unwise clinicians don’t get that their ‘diagnoses’ of their poor ‘patients’ stick and disrupt them from moving on. Their stereotyping became self-fulfilling prophecies. Like you say as an authority: You will never amount to anything and then follow them to see if they ever manage to escape your damning judgment.

Here, no exception. They quickly understood he ‘is’ a malignant narcissist. Problem is you need to go in the other direction. You need to see what characteristics he has, and then see if there is a helpful name for it.

Example: They say he’s a con artist and a sadist because he hurts people. And maybe he is. But they never consider alternatives. Instead of seeing what fits him, they look if he fits one of their preconceived boxes.

Because maybe it’s just a clever strategy that gives him free publicity and gives the downtrodden someone who seems superman for not caring that powerful people are upset with him, someone strong to rely on. And most people feel hopeless and powerless, and here’s someone who wants to be the Daddy they never had. That’s hard to resist when you’ve little to lose.

So, is there something wrong with him for admiring strongmen and bloody dictators and wanting to be one too? Or is it a strategy because it sells?

He seems to hold: L’État, c’est moi. That is mightily (pardon the pun) very egocentric. Many say so, but not in this movie. He turns any conversation into me, me, me. But is that a character flow, being spoiled, or strategy?

Con artists lie all day. So, they can’t trust anyone too. That’s not paranoia.

By repeating outrageous lies over and over (and the stupid press giving him the mike), he transforms fake into facts and opinions. He calls all his rivals liars, and those who like to believe him must mistrust all the rest. Who says that’s his character? Which politicians don’t manipulate and are honest? He’s just better at it. And the others are mighty jealous of that.

He’s not detached from reality. From facts yes, but not from truth. He’s not demented or confused. He is trying to spread a fake reality but doesn’t believe in it himself. Otherwise, he would not be a con artist, a liar!

He even plucked ‘problems’ out of thin air. Windmills that kill. Or, reversely, COVID is not dangerous, and Putin and Xi are my friends.

Is he cruel? It seems that attacking people on Twitter (not in person) and from a podium is his way, not only to attract attention, and publicity, and prominence but also to distract from the real issues. Making the press, politicians, and others upset stifles them about policy and capitalism.

The analysts imply they can read his feelings. This might be their biggest mistake. It is well-known bullies feign anger to intimidate, not because they are mad. A con artist can cry and, after a split-second, laugh because it’s all fake and phony. So, how can they claim to know what he feels?

He’s a phenomenal speaker. He doesn’t think about grammar. He thinks about how to say it so it communicates, in slogans. I learned some of his tactics. So smart. (Summarizing your paragraph in one or two words.) If you leave this out of the analysis, it shows you’re just out to get him.

He brags a lot, so he’s a narcissist? His followers love it, so you must ask yourself, what makes you say it’s his character rather than strategy? Reportedly, he has a tiny willy. Most men will compensate for that, But that’s not a character flaw. That’s a coping mechanism against shaming.

They call him a psychopath because he has no remorse. How do they know? They even call him a sadist since he enjoys hurting people. I understand that therapists like to help people, so, likely, they are softer than the average Joe. But maybe Trump just likes a good fight and to win. Do you call everyone who wins an Olympic medal a psychopath?

Many people report he has no empathy. Yet, sociopaths do have empathy but can switch it off. No one says that. They mean no empathy for me.

He’s widely blamed for having no loyalty. However, he only drops people who drop him. If he’s the boss, why should he be loyal to people who are disloyal to him? Roy Cohn taught him to take no prisoners. Made him rich.

Things that are obvious at first observation are ignored because they don’t fit the designated boxes. He’s very smart and fast. So, he never learned any discipline that simpler and poorer people need to get somewhere. He can’t even read a book or chew a good meal. How can you ignore this? So, whatever he does, he wings it. After two months in office, he said: ‘Who’d know this could be so complicated?’ If he fails, he’ll cover it up. He didn’t even aspire to be POTUS. He only wanted to elevate the Trump brand.

He has good willpower. His brother died of alcoholism. He doesn’t drink a drop. That’s not easy when most people laugh at you when you don’t. His eye, hands, and other body parts chase women, but only several dozens accuse him of rape. It seems he has a certain type, and the others are safe.

A con artist doesn’t care if what they say is true. Not Trump. He carefully crafts his lies and then says the opposite two days later—or doubles down. Why is that not just strategy? He has found lying in plain view, stunning people, works better than timid lies. There is no law against lying.

He has fake Man of the Year Time Magazine covers with him on it. He cheats in golf big time. He doesn’t like losers. So, why is that sick?

He’s so narcissistic that he always must have it his way. Really? But he’s a spoiled brat, like a mafia boss. He couldn’t believe it that, when he was president, people would not do as he said because of some rules. No one ever said no to him. How’s that a narcissist and not just a spoiled brat?

But, although a spoiled kid, he saw the economically desperate. His Base. The Tea Party. “My people.” “The forgotten man.” That’s not delusional. That’s very smart. As a salesman, he looked for people to buy his product (his persona) that they didn’t know they needed. He told them what they always wanted to hear: We are the smart ones. And, in a way, they are. Naïve, down-to-earth-smart, loyal, and worthy (basket of deplorables). Part of Trump’s success, of course, is a failure of the Left. How can you hope she’d win? She’s so arrogant, you see it before she opens her mouth.

He lacks any woke awareness. So, when he said “very fine people—on both sides,” he really thought he had defused the situation by saying: let’s not stereotype anyone. That’s just ignorance, not malignancy.

In fact, it seems to me that he’s too ignorant to understand White supremacy, racism, sexism, Antisemitism, or LGBTQ+ oppression. The US has deep bi-partisan nationalism vibes, and he also doesn’t have a clue about that. He insults veterans as easily as Blacks. In the dark.

He uses hatred of his supporters, hatred against the elites, foreigners, the left, etc. and repeated prejudices. When he says: ‘He’s my favorite Black person,’ he means a Black person who likes me. He has these stereotypes of all Blacks living in the inner cities, Jews being rich, etc. and doesn’t know it’s not true. That’s racist but not fascist. He doesn’t know any better.

He’s scapegoating. All problems are caused by (non-White) immigrants, not by the billionaires who rob the People poor. Is that because he’s a supremacist or because it gives him a victory at the polls? Hard to say.

You can say he let 1M USers die of COVID because he didn’t care. I don’t think so. His first goal is the ‘economy.’ That is a sign the rich are getting richer. All the rest is but a distraction. He thought an epidemic was bad for the economy, so he ignored it. (Compare follow capitalist Netanyahu who said: First we’ll save lives; then the economy will recover quickly too.)

Even if he were a dictator in the making, that doesn’t mean he has a crazy personality. Why call him mentally ill and not just a would-be dictator? It’s untrue the world was already so democratic, and now Trump threatens to overthrow it. Look at the UN condemning Israel. Most of these countries are no democracies or only in name. Most of humanity has no freedom of speech, equality for the law, voting rights, freedom of assembly, human rights, freedom of the press, human rights (LGBTQ+, feminists), etc.

More than that he could end humanity by wanting to start a nuclear war, the danger is he simply doesn’t understand the danger. He also doesn’t have the patience to sit through a lecture. The man who used his ‘genius’ to suggest to nuke a hurricane has no idea of fallout. That is dangerous.

The claim that Trump cannot think, only attacks and reacts, is baseless. Rich, coming for psychiatrists, unable for 200 years to respect patients’ thinking. They know and will think for you. Trump has plenty of thoughts. Though most of it is nonsense since he doesn’t care about learning facts.

Another obvious thing is that he can’t keep his mouth shut. From the greatest State secrets to his own strategies, it comes out in no time. Loose lips sink ships. Is that narcissism or just bragging to please his crowd?

He also can’t admit mistakes. When he mispronounces words, he lies that is an alternative way to say it. Well, who likes to say “I was wrong”?

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The creator of the movie made it beautiful. Yet, he’s not a therapist, just an angry commentator. And he believed these angry therapists without understanding the shoddy job they did here. They are the fakers here. The categorizing pros only considered Trump’s downsides, not his qualities. I don’t see a thread of truth or value in them labeling ‘his character.’ It could all be smart tactics and strategies, invisible to the goody two-shoes.

In other words, don’t rely on these labels. Rather: He lies, is unreliable, seems to be paid by Putin, makes a mess everywhere he goes because he’s too lazy and undisciplined to do any good job, sets people up against each other and everyone and institution not bowing to him, including a critical press, and therefor is destructive and unfit. No need to label him.

Just in: Israel is finished with Trump and prefers Biden. High time we got it.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here: https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3AMoshe-Mordechai%2FMaurits+van+Zuiden&s=relevancerank&text=Moshe-Mordechai%2FMaurits+van+Zuiden&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1
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