if the shoe fits….


Megalomania is a psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, omnipotence, and by inflated self-esteem.  Historically it was used as a name for narcissistic personality disorder.
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which there is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others’ feelings.  People affected by it often spend a lot of time thinking about achieving power or success, or about their appearance. They often take advantage of the people around them. The behavior typically begins by early adulthood, and occurs across a variety of situations.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others.
Do I know anyone who fits the above definitions?  No, not personally.  If I am painstakingly honest with myself, a few of those descriptions could apply to me.  But, I am not the leader of the free world.  And I am not the one playing a game of name-calling with Kim while holding my thumb on the nuke button.  Nor am I the one who has sown the seeds of unfathomable division within the people of the United States of America.  I am just me, Larry Brown, trying to make it to the other side.
I believe most of us are trying to grasp an understanding of the man who sits in the White House.  Supporters and opponents want to know who and what he is.  A friend of mine, a psychologist, offered a  new twist on the person of Donald J. Trump:
“He’s crunching the numbers; he’s an expert at using the power of the media and the internet to further his agenda.  He doesn’t really care about positivity or negativity in press coverage.  He simply wants the numbers.  He doesn’t care about his effect on the United States or the world.   He simply wants to be on every screen, on every front page, in every topic of conversation.  He didn’t want the Presidency.  He just wanted to be noticed, to promote the DJT name brand.” 
I don’t know about you, but, that’s about as good as anything else I’ve heard to date.

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Years ago when I moved from Pennsylvania to Florida, Homosassa was a sleepy fishing village with just one traffic light. Today, unfortunately, it is a bustling fishing village with three traffic lights and a new WalMart. Being a retired trucker, I've seen the continental United States coast to coast and north to south hundreds of times and don't care to venture out of Florida again. Driving was a great adventure and a great job. We don't get too excited about things around here. Tourists enjoy the river and the manatees. Snowbirds come down to share their northern wisdom and spend their money. I sit on the front porch and watch the world go by.......and write.

One thought on “if the shoe fits….”

  1. Hello Larry. Two things drive tRump. The first is money and his grasp of it in his hands. The second thing that is important to him is his self image and how others see him. His ego. Don’t be fooled these are the only things he concentrates on. He is convinced of his superiority. He is convinced despite all evidence he is the best, the biggest, the most of everything. He is the smartest, he is the richest , he is the most important. Call it delusion or hallucination, but that is the truth to him. He lives in a world on one, he is the only real thing in his world. When his world collides with ours, he can deal with that, he has to find a way to make it so his world is correct, in his mind. Hence fake news, and all the other lies. To him it is a way to order his world according to Donald tRump. The huge problem I see is somehow he got 35% of the people in the USA to agree with that world and vote him into office. Now we have to all see reality collide with his world. He doesn’t care because in his reality we are all cheering him on and telling him how great he is. It is scary. I want the adults to get back on the job. Thank you. Hugs

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