The word “psychopath” gets tossed around a lot.
So it occurred to me to check out how it’s defined in psychiatry.
I began with this piece in ‘Psychology Today,’ and went on to check out the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R) and the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI).
Here are the chief 15 psychiatric symptoms, every one of which is markedly present in the Republican nominee for president of the United States:
2. Absence of remorse or shame
3. Externalization of blame
5. Conning others for personal profit or pleasure
6. Outlandish lying
7. Grandiose sense of self-worth
9. Pathological egocentricity
10. Inability to modulate responses
11. Parasitic lifestyle
12. Low tolerance for frustration
13. High irritability
14. High aggressiveness
15. Indifference to plans
Here is what amazes me: A presidential candidate displays every sign of psychopathy. That is, of a severe and dangerous personality disorder. Every single sign. He is, in fact, a classic case. And yet so far as I know, no psychiatrist has yet said this publicly.
President Obama just called Trump “unfit” to serve as president. That’s a gentle word. “Unfit” could mean simply unsuited, or not a good fit. But what it really means, in this case, is sick.
It’s rather like the emperor’s new clothes, isn’t it? The Republican nominee shows every sign of being in dire need of psychiatric treatment. And yet nobody says so.