Depth Psychological Insights on Narcissism (in the Era of Donald Trump)

To say that Donald Trump has “stirred a lot of emotions” is perhaps an understatement, so it makes sense that many of us would welcome a better understanding of why that is the case.

The American Psychiatric Association declares that it’s unethical for a psychiatrist or psychologist to diagnose a public figure without evaluating them, so contributors to the new book, "A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump," focus instead on narcissism itself and the underlying and unconscious factors at work in both individuals and the culture, notes Steve Buser, MD, who is a psychiatrist, co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center, and also the publisher of the new book from Chiron Publications which Buser co-edited with Leonard Cruz.

What is actually far more interesting—whether or not Donald Trump has narcissistic disorder—Buser asserts, is to look what is going on in the unconscious of our country today, which is exactly what the 18 psychiatrists, psychologists, and university professors who wrote articles for the book sought to do.

Seeking to understand the unconscious through symbols, dreams, and archetypal perspectives is the work of many of the contributors (including Clarissa Pinkola Estés, James Hollis, Tom Singer, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Leonard Cruz, Nancy Swift Furlotti, Kathryn Madden, and Susan Rowland, among others), who have a depth psychological orientation based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung.

Seemingly, in this election, Donald Trump has tapped into a pivotal piece of the American psyche, and many have become collectively caught in the archetypal wake. Whether you plan to vote for Donald Trump or not in November, seeking a depth psychological perspective will help you begin to understand your own unconscious leanings and those of our culture at large.

Read a blog post summarizing this interview at http://www.depthpsychologyalliance.com/profiles/blogs/depth-psychological-insights-on-narcissism-in-the-era-of-donald-t

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Comment by Paul Reynolds on November 4, 2016 at 6:05pm
Such a refreshing mature conversation between intelligent people on issues that really mater. There seems something in the american collective that is violently trying to get to the surface. Maybe Gaia is drowning in a sea or toxic narcissistic superficiality and maybe Trumpism is symptomatic of her impending surfacing for some clean air to breathe? Maybe the extremes of the polarised positions lays the field in which the transcendent function can operate from and reach out for higher fidelity landscapes?
Comment by Bonnie Bright on October 28, 2016 at 7:04pm

In case you missed it, now might be the right time to watch this interview with Steve Buser, co-editor of the book, "A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of Donald Trump." The book contains chapters from Alliance members Susan Rowland, Kathryn Madden, Len Cruz, and others.

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