I appreciate my husband for first bringing my attention to this article. It is my belief that this is a critically important piece to read and know and share. Truly critical.
I understand this illness in my bones because I grew up with it and have been over 30 years on a path of healing and transforming from the impact of my mother's Narcissistic Personality Disorder. My mother actually had the whole "cluster B" personality disorders - Narcissistic, Histrionic, and Borderline - with Narcissism being predominant. I was also told that it was completely untreatable. A difference for my mother was that she is also diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder, which has been effectively treated with the antipsychotic drug Risperdal for over three years now. Treatment combined with Alzheimer's and being immersed in the love of family has transformed my mother from someone who was highly dangerous, violent, and toxic to the true human being she has always been underneath the severity of her wounds and mental illness. The past 3-4 years have provided us with the opportunity to connect in loving ways that I had thought to be impossible. Truly a profound miracle!
This miracle is not going to happen with Donald Trump, who is completely consumed by his Narcissistic Personality Disorder. As therapists told me decades ago about my mother, Trump is also a "10" on the scale of those with NPD. He is highly toxic, dangerous, unpredictable, self-absorbed, entitled, and violent. It cannot be overstated how important it is to learn about NPD.
A positive in all this darkness is also that the narcissism in our culture is also being illuminated by coming to the surface in ways that make it exposed to a greater degree than what may have been apparent in the past. The sense of entitlement, the severe empathic impairment, the chronic scapegoating and lashing out toward those who are seen as Other, the inability to see and experience others for who they are, etc., etc. is providing us all with the opportunity to look more deeply into where we all fall on the continuum of narcissistic injury and illness on the one end and deep love, connection, compassion, and caring on other.
Each and every one of us can be asking ourselves questions which have the potential to grow our hearts bigger. Who is included in our circle of caring? Who is excluded? How can we transform ourselves and heal the ways that we are empathically impaired such that our circle of caring expands to ultimately include all of life? Can we make that commitment to ourselves and one another?
I believe that this is what these times ask of us. May we all open our hearts bigger and bigger and bigger. Bless us all! Molly