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Thu May 16, 2024, 05:59 AM May 16

What attracts people to Trump? What is their animus or driving force? [View all]

The reasons are multiple and varied, but in my recent public-service book, Profile of a Nation, I have outlined two major emotional drives: narcissistic symbiosis and shared psychosis. Narcissistic symbiosis refers to the developmental wounds that make the leader-follower relationship magnetically attractive. The leader, hungry for adulation to compensate for an inner lack of self-worth, projects grandiose omnipotence—while the followers, rendered needy by societal stress or developmental injury, yearn for a parental figure. When such wounded individuals are given positions of power, they arouse similar pathology in the population that creates a “lock and key” relationship.

“Shared psychosis”—which is also called “folie à millions” [“madness for millions”] when occurring at the national level or “induced delusions”—refers to the infectiousness of severe symptoms that goes beyond ordinary group psychology. When a highly symptomatic individual is placed in an influential position, the person’s symptoms can spread through the population through emotional bonds, heightening existing pathologies and inducing delusions, paranoia and propensity for violence—even in previously healthy individuals. The treatment is removal of exposure.

Why does Trump himself seem to gravitate toward violence and destruction?

Destructiveness is a core characteristic of mental pathology, whether directed toward the self or others. First, I wish to clarify that those with mental illness are, as a group, no more dangerous than those without mental illness. When mental pathology is accompanied by criminal-mindedness, however, the combination can make individuals far more dangerous than either alone.

In my textbook on violence, I emphasize the symbolic nature of violence and how it is a life impulse gone awry. Briefly, if one cannot have love, one resorts to respect. And when respect is unavailable, one resorts to fear. Trump is now living through an intolerable loss of respect: rejection by a nation in his election defeat. Violence helps compensate for feelings of powerlessness, inadequacy and lack of real productivity.


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Excellent article thank you for posting this Maraya 1969. Duncanpup May 16 #1
Resentment BoRaGard May 16 #2
Best explanation I've heard yet.... Think. Again. May 16 #8
Yes. Trump hates the same things and people they hate. tanyev May 16 #17
trDUMP validates their hate & bigotry of "the others". magicarpet May 16 #27
United hateful ignorance is a powerful drug. czarjak May 16 #3
Bookmarked, kicked, and recommended. Thank you for sharing. Auggie May 16 #4
A desire to be like Trump, or least the illusion thereof. no_hypocrisy May 16 #5
He validates their hate and fear, their bigotry, their misogyny, their homophobia and their belief * Oopsie Daisy May 16 #6
Americans love bullshitters. betsuni May 16 #7
They're also authoritarians who want a strong leader. surfered May 16 #9
Too much unnecessary analysis liberalgunwilltravel May 16 #10
I've said this since the escalator n/t hibbing May 16 #14
I disagree.. whathehell May 16 #36
Rethugs need a daddy to direct their lives. MOMFUDSKI May 16 #11
Thanks for sharing ... OldBoss May 16 #12
Feeling resentful and aggrieved can be addictive Bucky May 16 #13
"The treatment is removal of exposure." I pray that time comes SOON. FailureToCommunicate May 16 #15
TSF validates THEIR Cruelty and INSECURITIES. ProudMNDemocrat May 16 #16
Yup! Botany May 16 #23
I think it's his hair. tavernier May 16 #18
The article is over thinking it. apnu May 16 #19
The magic R accounts for 90% of them. The rest Emile May 16 #20
What attracts people to Trump? Botany May 16 #21
From the various thoughts expressed in the 20+ comments one thing is for certain - NoMoreRepugs May 16 #22
Years of The Apprentice Joinfortmill May 16 #24
Don't forget the Dominionists Alice Kramden May 16 #25
and very transactional- et tu May 16 #26
It's why Jim Jones could get them to drink poison Farmer-Rick May 16 #28
The Diamond and Silk dopey duo oasis May 16 #29
Excellent analysis but I disagree with one point. Irish_Dem May 16 #30
I have always thought that it is one thing maxrandb May 16 #31
chilling and scary. nt wiggs May 16 #32
Racism FrankBooth May 16 #33
The OP's question has been asked repeatedly since 2015 Wednesdays May 16 #34
I believe it's a combination of many things bluestarone May 16 #35
first and foremost, I think it's his hatred of immigrants mnmoderatedem May 16 #37
The scariest part of that article is all the things she said we needed to do Scrivener7 May 16 #38
Trump gets away with things that they wish they could do ThoughtCriminal May 16 #39
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