posted on Mar, 22 2016 @ 01:40 AM
If we only listen to his demented, relentlessly reflexive way of speaking, we can hear something of importance: is this a politician?
I don't mean the ridiculous difference Trump likes to make between himself and other politicians - implying (to the credulous) that he is sincere
when he speaks, as if, he may intend, a businessman like himself is anymore honest than the politicians he accuses of being liars.
Donald Trump is the individualistic imagination to the extreme. A man who interfaces with his "products" - by which I mean, his swagger, his
"selling quality". This is a primarily non-verbal art that Donald Trump has a veritable grasp upon. To the uneducated eye, his manner of
communicating and the power he almost always intends to convey, pulls you in and leaves you enraptured by his oratory prowess. But this
'entrancement' with his rhetoric is a profound deception, as his incessant inconsistencies bear witness: Donald Trump is the cult-image
par-excellant of a narcissistic, dissociative culture.
To be dissociative essentially means to deny reality. Making claims like "Mexico will build it" when there is no possibility of getting it done, and
even less possibility of getting it done since you've publicly offended the pride of the Mexican people by authoritatively (here, again, remind
yourself that this is just Donald Trump living out his ultimate fantasy of being 'the most powerful man in the world' - a position I'm sure he
abhors not having) demanding that they fork over billions of dollars for something that benefits you more than them.
This depressing, cynical, mindless and unscrupulous display were being exposed to, I hope, can lead us to a deeper understanding of what it means to
be a democratic representative of another person, and peoples, and why what we see "at the top", is little nothing more than how we entertain
ourselves, speak about ourselves, and organize ourselves in our day to day doings.
When pop star Hailee Seinfeld sings
Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else
Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else
(I love me)
Can't help myself, no, I don't need anybody else
Anytime, day or night
And one can't find one article or paper criticizing the obscene falsity of "I don't need anybody else", yes, we lived in a #ed up world, and its
only this way because we live in a world that dissociates its dissociativeness; that denies that it deliberately avoids the reasons for its actions.
As a social species, were naturally very sensitive to social cues and social evaluations. Ergo, Donald Trump, being human just like the rest of us,
has evolved a personality that "corresponds" to the meanings that his environment (his mother, father, siblings, etc) gave to him. The mind (brain),
just like the ecology of the natural world, is constructed based upon the 'meanings' the interacted with systems imposes on you. In a certain sense,
the newborn (already influenced by its intrauterine stage) acclimates itself, at its primitive level, to the quality of the emotional life - and the
implied cognitive regulatory capacity - of the primary caregiver. This interactive process is entirely one ruled by important non-verbal communicative
cues that organize both parties in a way that has been described as "musical", in terms of it's contingent nature, and dependency on subtle state
shifts in phenomenology.
Donald Trump appeals to the simple mind, built by its early life to 'correspond' to a weltanschauung that accepts Trump as a 'good' candidate.
Trump, it must be understood, is a "selfobject" for people who like him; his projection of strength is a strength the admire wishes to have. His
general business manner and way of speaking, and his emphasis on toughness - these are things which can be thought to be wishes that an admirer of
Trump is bound to have. At root, its a sharing of a similar fantasy about self, itself a dissociative process that keep certain uncomfortable
psychodynamic realities from being acknowledged (shame, a feeling of worthlessness, depression, anxiety, fear) and its brought upwards, and the
rhetoric of a single human being comes to express this common ''energy".
This notion of energy, and the representation of it in a particular individual, is what this post is ultimately groping for. A representative is
fundamentally, especially in todays day and age, a vortex of energy with a very wide arc. In terms of psychodynamic functioning, the words of a Donald
Trump has a frightful potency on the thinking of people who are similarly constructed as he is (sharing basic fantasies,insecurities).
A politician. A senator, Congressman, Minister. Secretary. President. etc. Your post is granted to you by people who trust you. feeling stressed and
needy, and so going for whatevers available, and marketed, and so being dragged into a particlar cultural habit ----> finding Donald Trump appealing
because hes rich, funny, intelligent sounding, and "tough". Because all these assessments of Trump are shallow and superficial (rich: utterly
irrelevant; he's funny: again, irrelevant; intelligent sounding: misleading; tough: betrays an immature insecurity with feminine emotions like
empathy) it'll probably lead to policies that simply add to or make worse the present-day workaholic-playaholic- and ignore larger societal
consequences because your mind is fixated on external things, and away from things of the heart.
But its these 'things from the heart' that ultimately matters, as it takes self-control, or more correctly, the capacity to regulate your breathing
and visceral affects, that allows you to perceive more correctly - and thus more intelligently (because emotional intelligence is a basic part of
We need a fundamental cultural reorientation towards a dialogue centered in empathy, compassion, and most of all, science. This is not just
mushy-hearted thinking, but being given the facts of the situation of our common human condition, and deciding how we would like to proceed, and also
making clear the probable consequences if we persist in our dissociative habits.