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a mental illness

Typically afflicting an overly-ambitious individual, most often male, who is dramatically unqualified for a particular endeavor and who, knowing his shortcomings better than anyone, and, determined to disguise them, tends to grossly overcompensate for them.

Single purpose is inflated ego gratification for personal gain.

Manifests itself in a pervasive pattern of (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following (Applied without permission from the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition," Fourth Edition. Copyright 1994 American Psychiatric Association):

•Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).

Applied in a sentence:

•Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.

Applied in a sentence:

•Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).

Applied in a sentence:

•Requires excessive admiration.

Applied in sentence(s):

"You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful -- I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything." -Donald Trump in a 2005 interview with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush.

•Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.

Applied in a sentence:

...I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay? It's like incredible." Donald Trump.

•Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.

Applied in a sentence:

"Listen, you motherfuckers, we're going to tax you 25 percent!"- Donald Trump, Las Vegas speech, 2011. .

•Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.

Applied in sentence(s):

"40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan... And now it's the tallest."-Donald Trump, bragging about his building following the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in an interview with WWOR/UPN 9 News in New York (Sept. 11, 2001).

•Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.

Applied in a sentence:

"I've had a beautiful, I've had a flawless campaign.You'll be writing books about this campaign." -Donald Trump, July 29, 2016.

•Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

Applied in a presidential campaign:

"I alone can fix it."-Donald Trump in his self-aggrandizing acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, July 21, 2016.

"I think I am, actually humble.I think I'm much more humble than you would understand." -Donald Trump, 60 Minutes interview, July 17, 2016.

"I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me... I would bomb the shit out of them." -Donald Trump, Nov. 13, 2015.

"I will be so good at the military your head will spin."Donald Trump, "The Hugh Hewitt Show," 2015.

And on it goes ...

As legions of misguided followers have evidenced, this illness defies all common sense, logic and accepted medical and mental health practices - and it's contagious. If allowed to spread unchecked, Trumpiosity will contaminate and ultimately destroy ... democracy, America as we know it, all common decency and our collective standing in the world.

Thankfully, there's an inoculation available that will prevent it from spreading any further:


And it's available to everyone at no cost, with or without healthcare coverage.

Tim Arnold

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