Is Trump Really Mentally Unstable or Just Pretending? Either Way ... 

Another thought about DJT has been wandering in and out of my mind lately: the guy is obviously pretty mentally unstable in various ways, and this will probably ultimately result in some dramatic real-world consequences now that he has real-world power.

I don’t have to be a professional psychiatrist or psychologist to make this diagnosis. Humans have been very sensitive to clear signs of mental problems in each other as long as there have been humans, and our pre-human ancestors in evolutionary history probably could do the same. One of the paramount characteristics we are constantly monitoring the people around us for is evidence of craziness, since we can get into a lot of trouble associating with these types. We may not know the precise technical terms for mental health issues, or how to prescribe treatments, but we know it when we see it in a lot of cases, and I find it hard to believe that everyone but Trump’s biggest fans doesn’t see it in him. We’re just too polite, so far, to talk about it in the open.

You just have to spend a little time reading a biography of him, which I recommend everyone do if you have a little spare time, to see that he has been acting strangely for many years. Why, for instance, would he pretend to be his own PR staff person calling up New York gossip columnists to blow his own horn, when he could easily have told his real flacks to do it? The reporters could easily tell from his voice who he was – he didn’t fool any of them. Normal corporate executives rarely do such things. And there are many other examples like this in his past career.

One could argue that all this past craziness didn’t harm his rise to power in business, but he was able to function more or less effectively in that comparatively limited field, where it was probably just considered a bit of eccentricity. And it even might have contributed to his success as a presidential candidate. But now that he is President, he’s in a much different position from where he was at any time in his life, and the question of how sane he really is has become literally a world-shaking one.

Many people also suggest that this bizarre activity is not really a form of mental illness in a literal sense; it’s probably just an intentional act that he is craftily putting on to realize certain political aims, much like the way Nixon talked about his “madman theory” of doing foreign policy. But, again referring to our everyday experience with any relationship to other people, whether someone’s bizarre behavior could be diagnosed by a professional or is “just an act,” we usually cope when we meet with it in much the same way: edge away from this character as quickly as possible! Or in the present case, get him out of power as soon as possible.

(By the way, it could be that that effect might well be achieved in the end by many corporate CEOs seeing that their bottom lines are really suffering from the Trumpian chaos and quietly insisting that it has to end. There is the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, as some commentators are pointing out. And, as the way things go in this country, the corporate big-shots have a lot more power than us little lefties.)

I suspect it is only a matter of time before more and more people come to the same conclusion about Donald’s mental health as some of us already have reached, and the taboo against discussing it publicly, which some (like me) have already broken, falls away. What happens then I have no idea. As some historically-minded folks have pointed out, Nixon’s mind pretty obviously broke down as Watergate became more and more threatening to his position as President, and the current President is almost at that point already after a week in office.

qedd© Jon Johanning 2011