Psychopathic Personality Disorder

Independent 4-21-07

Mental health professionals widely agree that Donald Trump has serious mental health issues. They have not yet reached a consensus on exactly what his problem is. Opinions differ: narcissism, malignant narcissism, paranoia, defective ego, antisocial personality disorder, sociopathy, psychopathy. Whichever it is is less important now than getting him diagnosed by qualified professionals and – if appropriate – getting him out of office and his finger off the nuclear button, as over fifty thousand licensed mental health professionals have already recommended. Several widely-publicized letters and petitions have called for the same.

In our opinion, based on Trump’s spoken and written behavior and messages, he alarmingly fits the psychopathic profile. The rest of this page is our argument for this opinion. We may be in error as to the exact nature of his mental problems, yet he can still be mentally unfit and unable to fulfill his presidential duties properly and responsibly. It is quite obvious to tens of millions of Americans  – and now millions of citizens and most of the leaders of other countries – that this man is not mentally well.

For a PDF compact print-out of the PCL-SV psychopathy criteria, go to the downloads page.

Psychopathy, Sociopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder – Related but not Identical  [1]
Psychopathy: They are without conscience and incapable of empathy, guilt or loyalty to anyone but themselves.
Sociopathy: Not a formal psychiatric condition. Refers to patterns of attitudes and behaviors that are considered antisocial and criminal by society at large, but are seen as normal or necessary by the subculture or social environment in which they developed. Sociopaths may have a well-developed conscience and a normal capacity for empathy, guilt, and loyalty, but their sense of right and wrong is based on the norms and expectations of their subculture or group. Many criminals might be described as sociopaths.
Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD): A broad diagnostic category found in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Ed. (DSM-IV) and later editions. Antisocial and criminal behaviors play a major role in its definition and, in this sense, APD is similar to sociopathy. Some of those with APD are psychopaths, but many are not. The difference between psychopathy and APD is that the former includes personality traits such as lack of empathy, grandiosity, and shallow emotion that are not necessary for a diagnosis of APD. APD is three or four times more common than psychopathy in the general population and in prisons. The prevalence of those we would describe as sociopaths is unknown but is likely considerably less than that of APD.  [Link to Criteria of APD]
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The Hare Psychopathy Checklist – Revised (PCL-R) [2]
The PCL-R is a diagnostic tool originally developed to assess people accused or convicted of crimes, in order to rate their psychopathic or antisocial tendencies. Psychopaths prey ruthlessly on others using charm, deceit, violence or other methods to get with they want. Symptoms of psychopathy include: lack of a conscience or sense of guilt, lack of empathy, egocentricity, pathological lying, repeated violations of social norms, disregard for the law, shallow emotions, and a history of victimizing others. PCL-R consists of a 20-item symptom rating scale which allows qualified examiners to compare a subject’s degree of psychopathy with that of a prototypical psychopath. It is accepted by many in the field as the best method for determining the presence and extent of psychopathy in a person. PCL-R has long been used to diagnose members of the original population for which it was developed – adult males in prisons, criminal psychiatric hospitals, and awaiting psychiatric evaluations or trial in other correctional and detention facilities.  [Link to twenty criteria of PCL-R]
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The Hare Psychopathy Checklist – Screening Version (PCL-SV) [2] [3]
This shorter 12-item version is the primary tool used for diagnosing psychopathy in the general population and – for criminals – is used as a preliminary screen for the longer Hare Psychopathy Checklist – Revised. When discussing Donald Trump, it is more appropriate to use this version as it does not utilize criteria inapplicable to unincarcerated criminals.

INTERPERSONAL AFFECTIVE
The Person is: The Person:
Superficial
Grandiose
Deceitful
Lacks Remorse
Lacks Empathy
Doesn’t Accept Responsibility
LIFESTYLE ANTISOCIAL
The Person: The Person Has a History of:
Is impulsive
Lacks goals
Is irresponsible
Poor behavioral controls
Adolescent antisocial behavior
Adult antisocial behavior.

Description of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL-SV) Criteria
Suitable for the general population:  Total possible score = 24    Normal score = 5 or less
Score each item: Zero = does not apply   One = applies somewhat   Two: applies fully
Descriptions of each criteria are adapted from the twenty criteria of the Hare PCL-R.

For a PDF compact print-out of the PCL-SV psychopathy criteria, go to the downloads page.

INTERPERSONAL The person is: superficial, grandiose, deceitful
1. GLIB and SUPERFICIAL CHARM
Smooth talking, verbally agile, a psychopath is rarely stuck for something to say. They are not in the least bit shy. In fact, they are not afraid to say anything!
2. GRANDIOSE SELF-WORTH
They have an opinion on everything, they boast and brag about the things they have done, their skills and abilities. They have enormous egos, plenty of confidence and arrogance and consider themselves superior. One psychopath said that he preferred to hear himself talk, because what he said was more interesting than what other people had to say.
3. PATHOLOGICAL LYING, CONNING AND  MANIPULATIVENESS
Their ability to lie is stunning, even when they know there is a high probability of being caught. Lies can be cunning and sly or unscrupulously manipulative. They deceive, cheat, con, bilk, trick or defraud others for personal gain. They often show callous ruthlessness, a lack of concern or pity for the suffering and feelings of their victims. [Politifact article on Trump’s history of lying]

AFFECTIVE – The person: lacks remorse, empathy, doesn’t accept responsibility
4. LACK OF REMORSE OR GUILT
Despite their words they experience little emotion or concern for the pain and suffering of their victims. They are unfazed, dispassionate, coldhearted, and unempathic. There is often a disdain for the victims, and they may even say the victims deserved it.
5. SHALLOW AFFECT, CALLOUSNESS and LACK OF EMPATHY
Emotional poverty or very shallow feelings, coldness towards others despite seeming very friendly. A general lack of feelings towards other people. They tend to be heartless, contemptuous, indifferent and tactless.
6. FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS
It seems like its never their fault or their responsibility. They have little or no sense of duty or conscientiousness and often deny their responsibility. And in denying, they will even try and manipulate others!

LIFESTYLE The person: is impulsive, lacks goals, is irresponsible
7. IMPULSIVE, SEEKS STIMULATION, PRONE TO BOREDOM
Many of their behaviors are not premeditated and seem to be unplanned. They seem unable to resist temptation and urges or to delay gratification. They may not consider the consequences and so they appear reckless, foolhardy and unpredictable. They like to be doing new and different things, always looking for excitement and entertainment. They take risks in what they do as well as what they say. For example, cult leaders, in a subtle way, may explain to their victims how exactly they are manipulating them. They rarely engage in activities that they find boring, or they don’t finish the job.
8. PARASITIC LIFESTYLE, LACK OF REALISTIC LONG-TERM GOALS
They will intentionally manipulate and exploit others for financial gain. This goes along with poor motivation and little self-discipline and no sense of responsibility in terms of earning their own living. While they talk about big plans, they show an inability or persistent failure to execute long-term goals; then may drift from one place to another lacking any real direction in life.
9. IRRESPONSIBILITY
They will repeatedly fail to honor commitments or obligations, in school, work, family or social situations. The fail to turn up, dont pay bills, fail to honor contracts etc.

ANTISOCIAL – The person has a history of: poor behavioral controls, adolescent antisocial behavior, adult antisocial behavior.
10. POOR BEHAVIORAL CONTROLS
There may be sudden expressions of annoyance, irritability, aggression and verbal abuse. There may be sudden outbursts of anger and temper and they may act hastily.
11. EARLY BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS or JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
There is often a history of antisocial behavior before age 13, including lying, stealing, cheating, vandalism, bullying, truancy, sexual activity, fire-setting, substance abuse, and running away from home. Cruelty to animals or siblings is particularly ominous. Behavioral difficulties between the ages of 13-18. Typically behaviors that are crimes or are clearly manipulative, aggressive and callous.
12. CRIMINAL VERSATILITY or REVOCATION OF CONDITION RELEASE
Unlike other criminals who may specialize in one area they are often involved in diverse activities, taking great pride at getting away with crimes. If incarcerated, they may have had their probation revoked for technical reasons such as failing to appear, carelessness and so on.

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Trump according to the Hare Psychopathy Checklist – Screening Version
1. GLIB and SUPERFICIAL CHARM

  • Robert Hare, author of “Hare Psychopathic Checklist” and “Without Conscience” comments: Psychopaths are often witty & articulate, amusing, entertaining conversationalists, ready with a quick and clever comeback, can tell unlikely but convincing stories that make them look good. They can be very effective in self-presentation, likable and charming. Some may find them too slick & smooth, obviously insincere & superficial. The astute may see that they are play-acting, mechanically “reading their lines.”
  • Tony Schwartz, true author of “The Art of the Deal,” said (New Yorker, July’16): To make Trump look better, he concocted an artful euphemism. Writing in Trump’s voice, he explained to the reader, “I play to people’s fantasies. . . . People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration—and it’s a very effective form of promotion.” Schwartz now disavows the passage. “Deceit,” he told me, is never “innocent.” He added, “ ‘Truthful hyperbole’ is a contradiction in terms. It’s a way of saying, ‘It’s a lie, but who cares?’ ” Trump, he said, loved the phrase.
  • Trump keeps the words flowing and is persuasive to the ear. Transcribed, his comments read poorly – almost illiterately – because they rely heavily on several propaganda principles: blame, provocation, pandering, empty emotional symbols, and especially repetition. He will use the same word or epithet – wall, crazy, lying, huge, wonderful, best – repeatedly in the same breathe.

2. GRANDIOSE SELF-WORTH

  • Robert Hare, author of “Hare Psychopathic Checklist” and “Without Conscience” comments: Psychopaths have a narcissistic and grossly inflated view of their own self-worth and importance, see themselves as center of universe, as superior beings justified in living according to their own rules. They say: “It’s not that I don’t follow the law, I follow my own laws, I never violate my own rules. Rule #1: Look out for number one.”
  • Trump claims to know more than the generals, more than tax accountants, more about war, aircraft carriers, and health care; he’s the best golfer ever, the smartest person ever, the best builder and has the largest sex organ. He says: “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest – and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”

3. PATHOLOGICAL LYING, CONNING AND  MANIPULATIVENESS

  • Robert Hare in “Without Conscience” comments: Psychopaths are seldom perplexed at being caught in a lie; they just change their story or rework facts so they appear to be consistent with the lie. These contradictory statements leave listeners confused. Much of their lying has no motivation other than “duping delight.” They are proud of their ability to lie, often including small truths in order to pass off their big lie. Hare adds: Victims of psychopaths typically ask themselves: “How could I have been so stupid? How could I have fallen for that incredible line of baloney?” Their explanation is: “You had to be there. It seemed plausible at the time.” The clear and valid implication is that had we been there we too could have been sucked in.
  • Politifact has documented that Trump lies 69% of the time. As of June 23, 2017, his “pants-on-fire” lies alone nearly outnumber his “true” or “mostly-true” statements. Those who see through Trump’s lies and manipulative propaganda are mystified that tens of millions bought into them, voted for Trump and still support him. They were lucky – they weren’t there. This psychopathic con man knew the buttons of his listeners and pushed them.

4. LACK OF REMORSE OR GUILT

  • Robert Hare comments: Psychopaths are stunningly unconcerned about their devastating effects on others, and are often very open about their lack of sense of guilt and remorse as there is no reason to feel it. They say: “They were losers, asking to be taken and they got what they deserved.”
  • Tony Schwartz, true author of “The Art of the Deal,” said (New Yorker, July’16): “If Trump is elected President, the millions of people who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows—that he couldn’t care less about them.”
  • Trump wants to destroy health care, financial safeguards, consumer safety, national security, personal freedoms, woman’s right to choose, clean water, clean air, national resources, national parks, and on and on. This is his vengeance on those who see the emperor has no clothes.

5. SHALLOW AFFECT, CALLOUSNESS and LACK OF EMPATHY

  • Robert Hare comments: Psychopaths know the words, but not the music. They can fake emotion, often convincing even experienced psychotherapists, but they cannot feel empathy. This incapability underlies their egocentricity, lack of remorse, shallow emotions, and deceitfulness. They cannot “walk a mile in the shoes” of anyone. Many are unable to even imagine real human emotion. Their favorite targets are the weak and vulnerable, whom they mock rather than pity. Their philosophy is banal, sophomoric, devoid of detail that enriches lives of normal adults.
  • Tony Schwartz says: “People are dispensable and disposable in Trump’s world.”
  • Trump disdains and mocks women, the disabled, the poor, the immigrant. He mocks as suckers, deserving to be exploited, anyone gullible enough to believe him and vote for him. He not only lacks tact and concern for others, but even lacks concern about his lack of tact and concern.
  • Listen to him fake emotion and concern when criticizing Syria for killing “beautiful babies.”

6. FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS

  • Robert Hare in “Without Conscience” comments: Psychopaths do not honor formal or implied commitments to people, organizations or principles.
  • Trump’s frequently stated his lack of concern for NATO, United Nations, international treaties, domestic laws, business contracts, social, business and political relationships, social mores, common decency. Only a psychopath disdainful of contract law of could collect 3300+ lawsuits.

7. IMPULSIVE, SEEKS STIMULATION, PRONE TO BOREDOM

  • Robert Hare comments: Psychopaths long to live in the fast lane, on the edge, often if it involves breaking the rules. They “do crime” for the excitement or thrills.
  • Trump compulsively tweets lies, accusations and insults at 3am; he create frauds like Trump University or Trump Baja Resort; cozies up to dictators and hides his tax returns; issues threats in speeches; insults and stalks in debates; gropes strange women; ignores contracts and sues those he cheated.

8. PARASITIC LIFESTYLE, LACK OF REALISTIC LONG-TERM GOALS

  • Robert Hare comments: Psychopaths intellectually understand social rules – right and wrong – but such rules are emotionally lost to them; they simply do not care. This is “moral insanity.” In the psychopaths eyes those duped are stupid losers who deserve to be cheated.
  • Trump has made a career of defrauding the unwary: Trump University, Trump Ocean Resort Baja, gambling addicts and neophytes, sexually molesting beauty pageant entrants, cheap local steaks sold as “Trump Steaks,” cheap Chinese-made ties become “Trump Ties.”

9. IRRESPONSIBILITY

  • Robert Hare comments: Obligations and commitments mean nothing to psychopaths. Good intentions and promises – “I’ll never cheat again” – are written on the wind. Unreliability extends to every part of their lives. They do not honor formal or implied commitments to people, organizations or principles.
  • Trump has cast aside campaign promises, associates, his own prior “true” statements, contract law, the constitution, separation of powers, and Int’l treaties like NATO, NAFTA, UN treaties, and the Iran nuclear deal. He’s stiffed 1000’s of contractors on payment for service and even stiffed world-famous opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti for “not singing well.”

10. POOR BEHAVIORAL CONTROLS

  • Trump daily displays, in his tweets and speeches, “sudden expressions of annoyance, irritability, aggression, verbal abuse, outbursts of anger. His behavior is always unconsidered and hasty.
  • One of dozens or hundreds of examples – his recent attack on Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough: [K]
    • “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came../…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” 5:52-58am – 29 June 2017
    • “Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show” 5:55 AM – 30 Jun 2017
    • “Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” 6:20 AM – 1 July 2017

11. ADOLESCENT ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR

  • Robert Hare comments: The psychopath’s inability to empathize is often demonstrated by cruelty to animals, siblings and other kids.
  • “The Art of the Deal” said: “Even in elementary school, I was a very assertive, aggressive kid. In the second grade I actually gave a teacher a black eye. I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled.” Even if false, only a disturbed mind would concoct and proudly tell such a story about himself.
  • While lying in a bed in hospice before his death in 2015, the teacher—Charles Walker—heard reports of a possible Trump presidential bid. According to the book, he had not forgotten the young Donald: “‘When that kid was ten,’ Walker told family members, ‘even then he was a little shit.'” [I]
  • Trump would throw rocks at neighboring child Dennis Burnham, four years younger. Left in a playpen in the back yard, Trump was discovered by Burnham’s mother standing at the fence, “using the playpen for target –practice.” Burnham, now 65, adds, “Donald was known to be a bully, I was a little kid, and my parents didn’t want me beaten up.” [J]
  • At high school military academy, a fight between Trump and another escalated until – after being hit with a broomstick – Trump began pushing the other cadet out a window, but two other students stopped him. [I]
  • His father taught him: “Be killers, win.”

12. ADULT ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR

  • Robert Hare comments: Their readiness to take advantage of any situation that arises, combined with their lack of the internal controls we know as conscience, creates a potent formula for crime.
  • Many items already mentioned qualify as criminal behavior: defamation, lying, sexual abuse, denial of payment for contracted services, frivolous counter-suits.
  • Defrauding investors and bankers through serial declaration of bankruptcy, while not technically illegal, is certainly unethical. Trump cares nothing for ethics or socialized behavior.

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Salon.com 5-25-17


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The Inner Triangle  [4]
This section is from an non-technical article on how the antisocial personality [broadly defined, including sociopathy and psychopathy] behaves and how it can develop in childhood:  Parenting the At-Risk Child: Antisocial Personality Disorder and the Inner Triangle.

All sociopaths and psychopaths are narcissistic. But not all narcissists have the immorality and lack of impulse control that makes sociopaths and psychopaths.

Imagine a triangle with three sides representing the three qualities that serve to form character. These qualities, that form the basis of character are, ability to love, ability to control impulses, and moral reasoning ability. The childhood disorders Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder  can evolve into adult antisocial personality disorder. Some teens with antisocial personality disorder remain undiagnosed because adults may not understand that their combination of deceitfulness, poor impulse control, irritability and recklessness is very serious.

Teens and adults with antisocial personality have a severe disorder of character. At the core of antisocial personality is a deficit in all three sides of the Inner Triangle. Character is our ability to love, our ability to control impulses and moral reasoning ability. A person with good character is strong in all three qualities.

Those with antisocial personality disorder have poor ability to love, poor impulse control, and a low moral reasoning ability. These individuals do not just wake up at age 15 and come down with the disorder as if they caught a cold. The problems with ability to love, impulse control and moral reasoning ability develop from the time of conception….there is a developmental time-frame for gaining ability to love. A child should learn to love prior to puberty, or he will likely never be able to love. Impulse control and moral reasoning ability can be improved upon at any age, provided a person is motivated to try.

Development of the ability to love sets the stage for development of impulse control and moral reasoning ability. Because individuals with antisocial personality disorder are unable to love, it is easy for them to pursue a lifestyle of exploitation of others (Reckless disregard for safety of self and others, Lack of remorse). They have little or no ability to control their impulses (Failure to conform to social norms, Impulsivity, Irritability and aggressiveness). They also lack a moral code to live by (Failure to conform to social norms, Deceitfulness, Consistent irresponsibility).
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Psychopathic Trump Quotes
“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 [A]

“Now, the poor guy — you’ve got to see this guy, ‘Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!’” – Donald Trump, mocking New York Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski (who has a physical disability called arthrogryposis that limits flexibility in his arms) by jerking his arms in front of his body [A]

“I don’t think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” – When asked how he would react if Ivanka posed for Playboy [A]

“Women: You have to treat them like shit.” [A]

“I sorta get away with things like that.” — On bursting into Miss Universe pageant dressing rooms [A]

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s, like, incredible.” – Sioux Center, Iowa rally, as the audience laughed, Jan. 23, 2016 [A]

“Hillary Clinton … started the birther controversy. I finished it.” – Falsely claiming that Hillary Clinton started the rumors that President Obama was not born in the United States; Sep. 16, 2016 [A]

“Actually, I was only kidding. You can get that baby out of here. Don’t worry, I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s O.K. People don’t understand. That’s O.K.” – Booting a mother and crying baby from a rally moments after saying “I love babies,” Aug. 2, 2016 [A]

“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.” – Rejecting the assertion made at the Democratic convention by Muslim lawyer Khizr Khan, whose son died in Iraq in 2004, that Trump had “sacrificed nothing and no one.” Trump could not name any actual sacrifice when pressed to elaborate; ABC News interview, July 30, 2016 [A]

“There may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience. If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” – Encouraging violence at Cedar Rapids, Iowa rally, Feb. 1, 2016 [A]

“You know, it really doesn`t matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” –Donald Trump [A]

“For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian. … If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’ ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.” – In response to remarks by Pope Francis saying that “a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.” Feb. 18, 2016 [A]

“These people – I’d like to use really foul language. I won’t do it. I was going to say they’re really full of shit, but I won’t say that.” – About politicians at a campaign rally in Exeter, New Hampshire [A]

“I know where she went – it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.” –On Hillary Clinton’s bathroom break during a Democratic presidential debate [A]

“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” – About GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina [A]

“All of the women on ‘The Apprentice’ flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” [A]

“That was so great. Who was the person who did that? Put up your hand, put up your hand. Bring that person up here. I love that.” – Praising two audience members who tackled a protester at his South Carolina rally [A]

“The press is now going, they’re saying, ‘Oh but there’s such violence.’ No violence. You know how many people have been hurt at our rallies? I think, like, basically none except maybe somebody got hit once. It’s a love fest. These are love fests. And every once in a while … somebody will stand up and they’ll say something.… It’s a little disruption, but there’s no violence. There’s none whatsoever.” –On his campaign rallies, despite documented evidence to the contrary, Mar. 14, 2016 [A]

“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.” [A]

“The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.” [A]

“I like kids. I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds, and she’ll take care of the kids.” [A]

“I have people that have been studying [Obama’s birth certificate] and they cannot believe what they’re finding… I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility…then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics.” –Three weeks before Obama released his long-form birth certificate in 2011 [A]

“I think you’d have riots. I think you’d have riots. I’m representing many, many millions of people. In many cases first-time voters … If you disenfranchise those people? And you say, well, I’m sorry, you’re 100 votes short, even though the next one is 500 votes short? I think you’d have problems like you’ve never seen before. I wouldn’t lead it, but I think bad things will happen.”–About what will happen if the nomination is taken from his at the Republican convention, CNN interview, Mar. 16, 2016 [A]

“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” – Announcing his campaign for president, June 16, 2015 [A]

“I don’t think I’ve made mistakes. Every time somebody said I made a mistake, they do the polls and my numbers go up, so I guess I haven’t made any mistakes.” [A]

“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault” — Twitter, May 8, 2013 [B]

“There have been many bad things said about me over the years, and in some cases they’ve been true. It doesn’t bother me. If I have a fault and somebody exposes that fault or talks about that fault, you won’t hear me complain.” — The Atlantic: “What Exactly is Donald Trump’s Deal,” Apr. 2013 [B]

“There are people — I categorize them as life’s losers — who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I’m concerned, if they had any real ability, they wouldn’t be fighting me, they’d be doing something constructive themselves.” — The Art of the Deal, page 59, 1987 [B]

“My life has been about winning. My life has not been about losing.” — Time: “Donald Trump Explains All,” Aug. 20, 2015 [B]

How large a role does pure ego play in your deal making and enjoyment of publicity? “Every successful person has a very large ego.” Every successful person? Mother Teresa? Jesus Christ? “Far greater egos than you will ever understand.” — Playboy, Interview “Donald Trump,” 1990 [B]

“I’ve won many club championships and I was always the best athlete. But I’ve won many a club championship. It’s something that people don’t know unless they are with me and have played with me.” — The Atlantic: “What Exactly is Donald Trump’s Deal,” Apr. 2013 [B]

“In the second grade I actually gave a teacher a black eye — I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled.” — The Art of the Deal, 1987, quoted in Washington Post: “Has Donald Trump Actually Ever Punched Anyone? An Investigation” Feb. 27, 2016 [B]

“The point is, you can never be too greedy.” [C]

“My Twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.” [C]

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Spoken while pointing his finger at the rally crowd like he was shooting a handgun. Sioux Center, Iowa, Jan. 23, 2016 [D]

“The man has very strong control over a country. It’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like the system, but certainly, in that system, he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.” Spoken to “Today” show co-anchor Matt Lauer, also pointing out that Vladimir Putin had an 82% approval rating, during an interview at the NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan, Sep. 7, 2016 [D]

“[Putin]’s running his country and at least he’s a leader. You know, unlike what we have in this country.” MSNBC “Morning Joe,” Dec. 18, 2015 [E]

“I’m going to open our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.”” Spoken at rally in Ft. Worth, Tx, Feb. 26, 2016, ignoring the 1964 Supreme Court case which set current standards for libel. [E]

“You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” – Picked up by a hot mic on a 2005 Access Hollywood tape. Trump later said the comments were “locker-room talk”. [F]

“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.” [G]

“I do know what to do and I would know how to bring ISIS to the table or, beyond that, defeat ISIS very quickly. And I’m not gonna tell you what it is tonight.” [G]

“You’re disgusting” – said to a female lawyer during a court case after she asked for a break to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter. [H]

“Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred,” Trump said about himself one time. “Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.” [H]
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The Hare Psychopathy Checklist – Revised (PCL-R) Twenty Psychopathy Checklist items [5]
The Hare Psychopathy Checklist – Revised consists of 20 items which are rated 0 to 2, zero meaning ‘does not apply’, one ‘applies somewhat’ and two ‘applies fully’. The Hare Psychopathy Checklist – Revised is completed on the basis of firstly, an interview with the subject, and secondly, corroborating information such as criminal history, medical history, school history etc. Each description is keyed to the PCL-SV criteria it is related to (e.g. SV1 = Survey Version #1 – Glib and Superficial Charm).

  1. GLIB and SUPERFICIAL CHARM – smooth talking, verbally agile, a psychopath is rarely stuck for something to say. They are not in the least bit shy. In fact, they are not afraid to say anything! SV1
  2. GRANDIOSE SELF-WORTH – they have an opinion on everything, they boast and brag about the things they have done, their skills and abilities. They have enormous egos, plenty of confidence and arrogance and consider themselves superior. One psychopath said that he preferred to hear himself talk, because what he said was more interesting than what other people had to say. SV2
  3. SEEK STIMULATION or PRONE TO BOREDOM – they like to be doing new and different things, always looking for excitement and entertainment. They take risks in what they do as well as what they say. For example, cult leaders, in a subtle way, may explain to their victims how exactly they are manipulating them. They rarely engage in activities that they find boring, or they don’t finish the job. SV7
  4. PATHOLOGICAL LYING – their ability to lie is stunning, even when they know there is a high probability of being caught. Lies can be cunning and sly or unscrupulously manipulative. SV3
  5. CONNING AND MANIPULATIVENESS – they deceive, cheat, con, bilk, trick or defraud others for personal gain. This is separated from no. 4 to the extent that the subject shows ‘callous ruthlessness’, that is, a lack of concern or pity for the suffering and feelings of their victims. SV3
  6. LACK OF REMORSE OR GUILT – despite their words they experience little emotion or concern for the pain and suffering of their victims. They are unfazed, dispassionate, coldhearted, and unempathic. There is often a disdain for the victims, and they may even say the victims deserved it. SV4
  7. SHALLOW AFFECT – emotional poverty or very shallow feelings, coldness towards others despite seeming very friendly. SV5
  8. CALLOUSNESS and LACK OF EMPATHY – a general lack of feelings towards other people. They tend to be heartless, contemptuous, indifferent and tactless. SV5
  9. PARASITIC LIFESTYLE – they will intentionally manipulate and exploit others for financial gain. This goes along with poor motivation and little self-discipline and no sense of responsibility in terms of earning their own living. SV8
  10. POOR BEHAVIORAL CONTROLS – there may be sudden expressions of annoyance, irritability, aggression and verbal abuse. There may be sudden outbursts of anger and temper and they may act hastily. SV10
  11. PROMISCUOUS SEXUAL BEHAVIOR – they may have many brief encounters, many affairs while married, and may be indiscriminate in selecting partners (heterosexual and homosexual relationships) and even maintain several relationships at the same time. There is often a history of attempting to coerce many people into sexual relationships and they may take great pride in discussing their sexual conquests. Not used for SV
  12. EARLY BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS – there is often a history of antisocial behavior before age 13, including lying, stealing, cheating, vandalism, bullying, truancy, sexual activity, fire-setting, substance abuse, and running away from home. Cruelty to animals or siblings is particularly ominous. SV11
  13. LACK OF REALISTIC, LONG-TERM GOALS – while they talk about big plans, they show an inability or persistent failure to execute long-term goals; then may drift from one place to another lacking any real direction in life. SV8
  14. IMPULSIVITY – many of their behaviors are not premeditated and seem to be unplanned. They seem unable to resist temptation and urges or to delay gratification. They may not consider the consequences and so they appear reckless, foolhardy and unpredictable. SV7
  15. IRRESPONSIBILITY – they will repeatedly fail to honor commitments or obligations, in school, work, family or social situations. The fail to turn up, don’t pay bills, fail to honor contracts etc. SV9
  16. FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS – it seems like it’s never their fault or their responsibility. They have little or no sense of duty or conscientiousness and often deny their responsibility. And in denying, they will even try and manipulate others! SV6
  17. MANY SHORT-TERM MARITAL RELATIONSHIPS – inability to maintain a long-term relationship because they are inconsistent and unreliable. Not used for SV
  18. JUVENILE DELINQUENCY – behavioral difficulties between the ages of 13-18. Typically behaviors that are crimes or are clearly manipulative, aggressive and callous. SV11
  19. REVOCATION OF CONDITION RELEASE – they may have had their probation revoked for technical reasons such as failing to appear, carelessness and so on. SV12
  20. CRIMINAL VERSATILITY – unlike other criminals who may specialize in one area they are often involved in diverse activities, taking great pride at getting away with crimes. Sv12

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Criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder [6]
According to the DSM-5 (2013), there are four diagnostic criterion, of which Criterion A has seven sub-features.

A. Disregard for and violation of others rights since age 15, as indicated by one of the seven sub features:

  1. Failure to obey laws and norms by engaging in behavior which results in criminal arrest, or would warrant criminal arrest
  2. Lying, deception, and manipulation, for profit tor self-amusement,
  3. Impulsive behavior
  4. Irritability and aggression, manifested as frequently assaults others, or engages in fighting
  5. Blatantly disregards safety of self and others,
  6. A pattern of irresponsibility and
  7. Lack of remorse for actions (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)

The other diagnostic Criterion are:

B. The person is at least age 18,
C. Conduct disorder was present by history before age 15
D. and the antisocial behavior does not occur in the context of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)

Onset
The DSM-5 notes that Antisocial Personality Disorder cannot be diagnosed before age 18, so while an adolescent may display antisocial features, prior to age 18, if diagnostic criteria are met, the appropriate diagnosis would be Conduct Disorder (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

Link to Criteria for following personality disorders: DSM-4 and DSM-5 (revised 2011-2012) [7]
Antisocial, Avoidant, Borderline, Narcissistic, Obsessive-Compulsive, Schizotypal
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ARTICLE SOURCES
1. Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work. Babiak, Paul, Ph.D. & Hare, Robert D., Ph.D. 2006. New York, Regan Books – Harper Collins Publishers
2. Enclyclopedia of Mental Disorders – Hare Psychopathy Checklist
3. Cooke, David J., Michie, Christine, Hart, Stephen David & Hare, Robert. (1999). Evaluating the Screening Version of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-SV): An Item Response Theory Analysis. Psychological Assessment, Vol. II, No. 1, 3-13.
4. Parenting the At-Risk Child: Antisocial Personality Disorder and the Inner Triangle
5. Decision Making Confidence – Notes on the Robert Hare Psychopathy Checklist – Revised
6. Theravive – DSM-5 Category: Personality Disorders: Antisocial Personality Disorder 301.7
7. Psych Central – Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms
Robert D. Hare Psychopathology Website
Additional ReadingTrump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money and Power. Michael Kranish. 2016. New York: Scribner – Simon & Schuster.
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QUOTE SOURCES
A. About Entertainment: Donald Trump’s Craziest Quotes of the 2016 Campaign
B. Fusion.net: The Collected Donald Trump: 107 of His Worst, Weirdest, and Most Outrageous Quotes
C. Marie Claire.co.uk: Donald Trump Quotes: The Man Behind the Mouth
D. Newsday: Donald Trump Speech, Debates and Campaign Quotes
E. Huffington Post: The Comprehensive Guide to Trump’s Most Outrageous Statements
F. The Irish Times: Donald Trump in Quotes: 10 Outrageous Remarks
G. Men’s Trait: 32 Worst Things Donald Trump Has Ever Said
H. International Business Times: Donald Trump Quotes: 22 Offensive Things Said By the Republican Front-runner z
I. Vice News: New Trump is exactly the same as the old Trump, biography shows
J. Washington Post: Confident. Incorrigible. Bully: Little Donny was a lot like candidate Donald Trump
K. CNN: Defiant Trump resumes attacks on ‘Morning Joe’ hosts, despite bipartisan criticism
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