Letter: Trump shows clear signs of a personality disorder

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Trump shows clear signs of a personality disorder

To the editor:

Over the past nine months, Donald Trump has shown that he is an habitual, uncontrollable liar, a bully, a fabricator of facts, a man who is disrespectful of normal established rules of social interaction. He is an elitist who grew up in a wealthy, spoiling family and is an overindulged adolescent.

He has lived a gilded life and truly believes that he does not have to live by our rules. His goal in life is to take advantage of any situation to get what he wants. He has established his wealth by ruthlessly manipulating any situation to obtain what he wants. People, and what happens to them, are of no concern to him, the only thing that matters is the "art of the deal" and that he gets what he wants.

He continually lies about his wealth and will not allow his taxes to be reviewed. The character he plays in his TV show is actually who he is. He exhibits no moral character and functions as a man without a soul or a conscience.

Trump brags about being the "best dealmaker" and offers as evidence his being a billionaire worth $4.5 billion. If being a billionaire is the reason Trump is the Republican candidate, then why not consider the top American billionaires? Start with Melinda and Bill Gates at $75 billion and go down the list: Warren Buffett ($60 billion), Jeff Bezos ($45 billion), Mark Zuckerberg ($44 billion) and Michael Bloomberg at $40 billion. My favorite is Buffett who still lives in the same house he bought in 1957 in Omaha, Nebraska. Unlike Trump, each of these billionaires has donated not millions but billions to charities.

The GOP wants us to believe that Trump can change and that his behavior was only a technique to win the nomination. Let me attach a summary from the World Health Organization's International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems for a diagnosis called dissocial personality disorder. At least three of the following characterizes this disorder.

1. Callous unconcern for the feelings of others; 2. gross and persistent attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms and obligations; 3. incapacity to maintain enduring relationships; 4. very low tolerance to frustration and a low threshold for discharge of aggression, including violence; 5. incapacity to experience guilt or to profit from experience, particularly punishment; and/or 6. readiness to blame others or to offer plausible rationalizations for the behavior that has brought the person into conflict with society.

We should not be analyzing Trump's shouts but we should be concerned with the nature of his personality. An old Zen proverb says, "Once a scorpion, always a scorpion."

Rocco Cirigliano, Richmond


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