Read Lessons I Learned Working for a Narcissist and What That Means for Il Trumpe, a December 2016 post on Mike the Mad Biologist’s blog.
Apologies for missing this initially; I only found it by chasing a tweet chain that lead from Steve Silberman to John Scalzi to Mike the Mad Biologist in early September.
Any number of people, with and without medical qualifications, have identified Donald Trump as a narcissist and tried to unpack what that means.
Mad the Mike Biologist speaks as someone who worked under a classic Narcissist, as delineated in Stanley Bing’s book, Crazy Bosses. It’s not a clinical work–Bing is the pseudonym of a business writer–but Mike found it useful nonetheless, and so did his co-workers, with whom he shared Bing’s description of a narcissist.
We’re pointing you to Mike’s post because we feel it’s the sharpest description of a narcissist we’ve come across, and we feel Mike’s observations are the most useful on the subject. It’s also held up solidly, though he wrote it when Trump was president-elect. He shows what Mattis, Kelly, and the rest must be going through.
We’re also going to pull out and amplify the last paragraph of Mike’s post, because it shows us all how to deal with President Narcissist. Spoiler alert! You need to carry on as you have been doing–resist, dammit:
“Our refusal to bow before his fantastical order is vital. It will enrage him at times–which can be useful for those of us who then can conciliate him as it makes them appear to be solving his problem. But opposition will also cause him to make mistakes and lash out at those near him. His administration will collapse under its own contradictions, though not without a strong push from us. In the meanwhile, resistance will remind us what we are fighting for. It will keep us sane and ethical. The act of resistance is important for the sake of those who resist–and for those who are unable to do so.”
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