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Thu Aug 6, 2020, 02:18 PM

I'm starting the Mary Trump book [View all]

It looks like a slow day for me, so I brought it with me and decided to read the prologue. Really good writing. Very insightful.

I like what she says about how diagnosing from afar misses the mark. Saying that someone has narcissistic personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder really says very little about a person. Trump's awfulness lies beyond psychiatric diagnosing.

Allen Francis, who edited the DSM-IV and who has written extensively about diagnosis, points out that the problem with Trump isn't a diagnostic category but rather the fact that he is a terrible, terrible person. Trump could have narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder and still operate in a much more decent fashion. People with these disorders are not monsters, but simply evaluate interpersonal phenomena in a certain way. Most people with antisocial personality disorder or pathological narcissism are harmless. They're terrible to date, not a lot of fun to hang out with, but they don't necessarily have the core of malignancy.

Anyway, back to her book. This is great.

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