Trump Brings USA’s Narcissism to Front and Center of Stage

Donald Trump has brought narcissism front and center to the world stage.  He is so obviously narcissistic that I facetiously imagine him telling Melania, “Hey, I am more narcissistic than anybody, ain’t I?  My narcissism is more “huuge” than anyone else’s?”

But narcissism is an essential human quality and Trump merely demonstrates an exaggerated version of a more subtle form of the same malady.  Carl Jung has noted that ego exaggeration always take two extremes, polar opposites of each other.  One he described as “ego inflation” and the other “ego deflation.”  In my background of fundamentalist Christianity, the “ego deflation” often would appear as the “chiefest of sinner” who had been saved “by God’s Grace.”  This ego-ridden persona would often make a lot of his having reveled in the excesses of his past sinfulness, not realizing how he was using this testimony to place focus on himself.  Jung has taught me to realize that ego inflation and ego deflation have this in common–focus on oneself!  The ego has this insidious tendency to make itself its own field of reference and so any machination it can contrive to maintain focus on itself it will readily employ.

This article focuses on the narcissism of a country or of a group of people.  It think it is very relevant to the people who succumbed to Donald Trump’s siren call of, “Let’s Make America Great Again.”  Now, growing up in this country in a conservative Southern state,  this is a “siren call” if there ever was one.  And, let me assure you, I too think America is “Great” but not in the way that Trump and his minions have in mind.  They wish to take this country back to the past when we thought of ourselves as the “king of the mountain” and though that is very ego rewarding it demands that someone be at the foothills of the mountain.  Its presupposition is an “us” vs. “them” paradigm. It is an image of overt power and personally I think my wonderful country has within it a deep-seated “greatness” that can climb down from that imaginary mountain and be a nation among other nations.  And, how coincidental this is with the teachings of Jesus, who many of this “Make America Great Again” crowd claim to be devoted to said that being God, he was not intoxicated with himself, and humbled himself to become one of us to show us that we all have Divinity within.

But the spirit of these evangelical Christians who have lined up behind Trump is firmly in the vein of “Make America Great Again” in the sense of turning back the clock and reasserting imagined American primacy atop the global heap.  This is power.  This is the “will to power” of the ego run amok.  Read the following from the Apostle Paul in Phillipians ch. 2:5-

5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus:

6Who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God something to cling to,
7but emptied Himself,
taking the form of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross.
9Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place,
and gave Him the name above all names,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

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The following link is about collective narcissism:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170303-how-collective-narcissism-is-directing-world-politics

 

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About literarylew

I am a retired mental health counselor in El Prado, NM near Taos.I have a lovely wife, Claire, and our only children are two lovely dachshunds, Elsa and Ludwig. I have a BA in history/psychology (double major) from Henderson State University and a M. Ed. in counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. I have a passion for literature, religion, philosophy....and, in general, the liberal arts.
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