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.