Enough about how smart Mr. Trump is. I actually was motivated to write this article because of the personality traits that are revealed in Mr. Trump’s behavior. His character traits are every bit as fascinating as his intellect.
Abraham Maslow, the American Psychologist and Philosopher best known for his self-actualization theory of psychology, spent most of his professional career trying to identify what was right with people, rather than looking at pathology. Maslow did extensive research to define the traits of a “self actualized” person. My wife and professional partner is also a high IQ person. She makes the point that a better term is “self actualizing,” correctly pointing out that there isn’t a state of personality to be achieved, but rather the individual is in the ongoing process of becoming his best self.
Donald Trump’s observable behavior informs us about the degree to which he is “self actualizing.” Quote from a Psychology Professor under whom I once studied; “People are not who you think they are. People are not who they think they are. People are what they do. That is why this is called a behavioral science.” Forget the labels. They are all misleading. Pay attention to the behavior.
Here are some examples of the Traits of a Self Actualized Person, from Maslow’s own research:
It is interesting to look at Trump’s psychology, and the traits he exhibits. Each of the traits they describe here as part of Trump’s makeup, are exactly the opposite of what a narcissist would exhibit. He is non-conformist, creative, focused internally on his own morals and goals rather than focused on the world around him, integrates with anyone of any class, feels bound to humanity, and is open an honest about how he feels.
Narcissists are the exact opposite. They are rigidly conformist to what they think the world expects to see, totally not creative or independent thinkers, focused externally on projecting a façade they think the world will respect, they only associate with people of “appropriately high” status for themselves, they feel totally detached from humanity, and they always cloak how they feel.
The world is very bifurcated, into two distinct groups. Whether you call them narcissists and non-narcissists, liberals and conservatives, or just evil and good, look for the difference. You do not want to be caught sleeping.