Why Would a Narcissist Go into Hiding for Five Days?
As reported by Zeleny and Mercia, May 9, 2017 (see infra), DJT has been “in hiding” or out of sight for five days. The article underscores his narcissism – DJT “relishes booming rallies, embraces the art of the photo op.” True, DJT rarely went a day without inviting the media to cover a meeting or an executive order signing.
The authors attribute his disappearance to “hard work” of governing. This conclusion is a stretch - -backwards. Indeed, I would imagine at any given time the White House office would be revising and reviewing multiple affairs of state behind closed doors. Yet, not DJT but his staff fed this story to the reporters that DJT is assiduously at work. Indeed, what did he do in the first two days? Play golf in Bedminister, New Jersey. Since then, nothing has been on camera.
However, for a full-blown narcissist even at work, he would still be on camera promoting his own self-image. Work would not interfere with his egoism. What traits does DJT possess that would make his introvert side control his extrovert? Would it be his sense of entitlement? His lack of conscience and empathy? Certainly not his sadistic streak or his egocentrism. Nor would it be his grandiosity, or his manipulative nature. It would be his paranoia.
Consider the context: DJT just spent several weeks in front of cameras to boost his image and self-image of his 100 days in office. He paraded the Senate in front of him; he partied with the House Republicans at his White House. Yet all this attention has netted him more discontentment in media and widespread voter malaise, displeasure and disgruntlement. In fact, for DJT, the result of all his self-aggrandizement is – more disapproval. DJT believes the world owes him everything; he, in turn, owes it nothing. Why, then, after weeks of trying to convince others of such “truth” does he disappear? He is paranoid that others are trying to stop him from winning, from getting what he selfishly wants. Also, perhaps, the investigations are eroding his unrealistic sense of superiority, his disdain of others. He has worked these 100 days not for America’s interest but worked to get others to agree with him that he is “king.”
When such effort produced little results, and not enough praise from the populous, DJT’s paranoia took control. DJT’s extreme and unreasonable suspicion of other people and their motives grows when he does not receive full adoration. He creates conspiracy theories; he throws tantrums; becomes unstable and attacks others. Today, DJT fired a loyal, federal employee doing his job to investigate crime and high treason. His anger possesses him like a demon. From his penchant for secrecy, brazen disregard for norms and hostility toward transparency, his paranoia will grow even greater.
He is not “working;” he is brooding and letting his paranoia take reign. Such is the malignant narcissist.
Article from http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/donald-trump-visibility/
Updated 5:43 PM ET, Tue May 9, 2017
By Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, CNN