Does this microphone make my hands look tiny?
I’m trying to better understand Donald Trump so that living in this weird reality (shit storm) can be easier. Thinking back to when I studied psychology, I keep returning to a few themes that remind me of our new president. Narcissism, illusions of grandeur, multiple personalities, compulsive lying, and manipulation are just a few of them. (Please don’t sue me. I am not diagnosing him with my Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology. I’m simply attempting to piece together what’s wrong with him and why he does the things that he is doing.)
Surely those themes listed above play some involvement with our president (my opinion), but there is one thing I didn’t list that comes out every time I see him speak…
Trump must have an inferiority complex.
How can I throw out such a claim? Well, I haven’t always been the most secure person myself. It took me years of figuring out who I was before I became comfortable enough to not care what people thought about me. In elementary school, I found an easy way to get people to pay attention to me. I lied. When the boys in my neighborhood found out that my dad played Splinter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, they immediately wanted to hear more. They’d ask about how my father, a farmer in suburban Utah, was lucky enough to get involved in the movie business. (My dad didn’t play Splinter, by the way. IMDB tells me he was voiced by some dude named Kevin Clash.) I lied because I was insecure. I felt inferior. It was my way of getting people to like me. God, I’m so happy that those days are buried deep in my past.
I wouldn’t say that I had an inferiority complex, but I was definitely insecure as a kid.
According to Psychology Today, people who are insecure (or have an inferiority complex) are generally demonstrating these four behaviors:
- The insecure person tries to make you feel insecure yourself.
- The insecure person needs to showcase his or her accomplishments.
- The insecure person drops the “humble brag” far too often.
- The insecure person frequently complains that things aren’t good enough.
Does that sound like Trump to anyone else??? Seriously, go and watch him in any interview and check those four items off a list.
Here’s some proof… Certainly you’ve seen this picture and you know the story behind it:
Trump was so hurt and obsessed by a tweet showing the lackluster crowds at his inauguration, that he threw a tantrum. Watch his reaction to this trivial fact while he 1) makes people feel insecure, 2) showcases his accomplishments, 3) drops the ‘humble brag’ far too often, and 4) complains that things aren’t good enough… ya know, the four signs that someone has an inferiority complex:
Trump has been our president for just over a week and he is doing some seriously frightening stuff. Is it going to get any better? It looks like this “shock to the system” is going to continue as “he’s just getting started”. #terrifying #bravenewworld
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) January 28, 2017
So what do you think? Does Trump demonstrate behaviors of inferiority?