Rage in the Cage!
While Donald J. Trump doesn’t know, we know the various stages of a “caged” narcissist. A caged narcissist is one whose pool of adoring fans, admirers, and devotees (I never use the word “Loving” in such context) has run low.
In the first stage, the narcissist meets unbeatable resistance in his ego driven world. Reality is peeking into that cage and exposing the lies of the self-absorbed personality. In the exposing of such weakness, the narcissist produces a feverish effort to protect his ego, plugging up as many “leaks” in his psychosis as possible. As investigations tighten their nooses around Trump and Trump’s associates, the forever lionizing team of loyal sycophants Trump has assembled will try to appease the praise-junkie, attention-seeking addict that Trump is. Although Trump has never in his life faced such criticism, as POTUS he must stand and take it, as there’s nowhere to run or hide.
Yet as Trump dishes out his own criticism of others while praising his own efforts, his own “perfection,” even practical criticism doesn’t produce an introspective effect in Trump’s ego, but a “narcissistic rage." A rage in the cage.
Dr. Seltzer wrote this of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in 2011:
“Another way of putting this is that, exquisitely susceptible to criticism because it endangers their frail sense of internal validation, they take great pains to devalue or invalidate the person criticizing them. To achieve such dismissal of the threatening other, they'll do everything possible to negate their viewpoint. And this can include much more than blaming or indignantly challenging them. For narcissists, when their position has been exposed as false, arbitrary, or untenable, will suddenly become evasive, articulate half-truths, lie (actually, as much to themselves as others), flat-out contradict themselves (and to a degree that can leave the other person gaping!), and freely rewrite history (literally--and audaciously--making things up as they go along).”
We also know the second stage which is depression of his overinflated ego which will cause him to hide or to become less accessible. His tweets will repeat, his erratic world-changing decisions will become more unreasonable, as they will also become more intense. Nothing will dent his sense of self. However, he will think himself more lovable, benevolent, and reasonable – in short, more perfect.
The last or third stage, when Trump’s ego is drained to as low point of adulation, will turn Trump brutal and psychopathic in which Trump will act with no functional feelings. It is unlike narcissism as Trump will be 'freed' from any guidance function of emotions. Getting his way is paramount. It is here where Trump’s narcissism turns malignant and paranoid. Here is the real threat to us.
So, now what? Our false trust is that Trump will destroy himself somehow. No, he will destroy all around him, but never himself. Proven time again in the world of psychiatry, narcissists are not suicidal, but genocidal. We should never underestimate this real threat to us and the world.
Furthermore, it is a real threat to our government. Trump has deceitfully attacked so many sides that we cannot carry on as before. Trump has primed our view of government through a Populist’s lenses, sowing distrust at all levels. We are witnessing his rule of political Terrorism through his suggestions for peer/police violence, confusion, religious indoctrination and more. He is creating prisoners: both Republican and Democrat. At this, Trump cannot stop. He wins when we are fully submissive and fully enmeshed losing our sense of self (think, losing our Bill of Rights). The longer he is POTUS, the harder it will be to avoid his threat, as we condition ourselves each day to new lows and lowered expectations.
We cannot hope to change Trump, for his psychopathy is untreatable as it consciously denies truth and constantly defends itself as it seeks eventual control.
Trump HAS Narcissistic Personality Disorder along with Psychopathy. He lacks empathy; he’s obsessed with social status or grandiosity; he possesses superficial charm, and an inability to listen to, or show any regard for, others. We have just learned that twice per day Trump’s associates “feed” him positive review and images of him to appease the rage. Indeed, Trump is volatile, unreliable, angry, immature, and erratic, and he sees himself as the victim – nothing is his fault.
Jessika Endsley describes this end-stage as the “Collapsed Narcissist.” She states, “The collapsed Narcissist grows from being discontent to being depressed.” He cannot feel or understand what is real. Indeed, seeing others’ contentment or happiness can “send him into a blind rage.” You cannot explain “color to someone who is entirely colorblind.”
Trump’s “world of self-love” is slowly collapsing given he cannot escape the criticism protected under Free Speech and his role as POTUS. His projection of his own self-hated onto others is increasing rapidly. Our danger is that as this “world” collapses, Trump will grow delusional and paranoid. Endsley states, “Paranoia itself is a byproduct of self-absorbed thoughts.” We are dealing with a deluded POTUS whose sense of entitlement and self-hatred will destroy anything it touches. Trump will terrify and confuse everyone who is critical of him, even at the least level. He will use lies even if those lies contradict him.
Key to our survival is to impeach Trump, end this “relationship” with a Malignant Clinical Narcissist. Cut off the narcissist’s supply of praise. Lock the cage and throw away the key.