US Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been accused by opponents of being a pathological liar. While no friend of The Donald, as posts to this blog will attest, I decided to do a bit of research as to whether Trump had been accurately diagnosed. I conclude he has not.
Mr. Trump is not a pathological liar; rather, he is a sociopathic liar. The former is a compulsive liar who consciously or not seeks to embellish the details of his life. The latter is defined as an individual (often a great narcissist) who “lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others. A sociopath is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused—it is done to get one’s way)… Sociopaths are often charming and charismatic, but they use their talented social skills in manipulative and self-centered ways.” https://www.truthaboutdeception.com/.
Whether the lie relates to the number of Arab-Americans Trump claims to have seen celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center buildings, his claimed $10 billion net worth, or his constant flip flops on abortion rights, the case for war in Iraq and Afghanistan, or his incitement to violence at political rallies, Trump is a veritable fountain of untruth.
The amusing and revealing thing is he may not always realize he is lying. For Trump business, and he hopes presidential politics, is a succession of “deals” which he claims to be preternaturally gifted at. He also prides himself on unpredictability and “flexibility.” When taken together, these character traits easily translate into saying one thing on Monday and the 180 degree opposite on Tuesday. Most people would call that lying and brand the speaker a liar. However, I believe for The Donald, life is a series of non-continuous film frames in which he feels free to say one thing today if he finds it expedient and the polar opposite tomorrow without even the least sense of contrition.
This is why Donald Trump fits the profile of a sociopathic liar to a “T” — a big, fake gold leaf T as in Trump.Like This Post