A famous psychologist explains the anomalous mindset behind Trump’s bizarre incoherenceHow does Trump’s extreme present hedonism, dehumanization, and bullying affect the rest of us? Articles have noted a “Trump Effect.” Soon after his presidency began, gun deaths went up 12 percent (reported by the Washington Post); Trump-Inspired bullying incidents occurred in multiple schools (reported by BuzzFeed); post-election spike in hate crimes continued (reported by PBS Newshour); and white supremacist murders more than doubled (reported by the Anti-Defamation League). Therapists are dealing with the effects on a daily basis and are dubbing it “Trump Anxiety Disorder.”
Yet this is only the tip of the iceberg: normalization of Trump’s inappropriate behavior presents the possibility of a culture of violence for decades to come, not to mention the immediate dangers as his condition worsens. When children mimic the negative behavior of the POTUS, or worse, learn from their parents that dehumanization and bullying are okay, we’re all in big trouble.
At 5 a.m. on any given morning, our extreme present hedonist POTUS may carelessly fire off a series of tweets meant to appease his “base,” or perhaps signal “insiders” to proceed with a plan, or heap praise on himself.But as scandals and crisis mount, and public support diminishes, he may one day reach for the nuclear codes rather than his phone. With an extreme present hedonist, it’s entirely unpredictable.
Trump asked if he could pardon himself!