What happens when a narcissist loses? Expect “rage” and “terror,” psychologists warn | Salon.com

“Those with pathological narcissism are abusive and dangerous because of their catastrophic neediness,” Lee explained. “Think of a drowning person gasping for air: a survival instinct just may push you down in order to save one’s own life. In the manner that the body needs oxygen, the soul needs love, and self-love is what a toxic narcissist is desperately lacking. This is why he must overcompensate, creating for himself a self-image where he is the best at everything, never wrong, better than all the experts, and a ‘stable genius.'”

Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology who is noted as an expert on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse, agrees that Trump is narcissistic and believes this makes him very dangerous.

As Durvasula explained, many of Trump’s seemingly inexplicable actions as president make sense when viewed through the lens of a “narcissistic or antagonist personality style.” These include “validation and admiration seeking,” as manifested by his “endless campaign rallies despite the associated danger, needing to be taken on a ride around the hospital when he had COVID-19 so people could wave to him, repeatedly requiring validation on the number of people present at his inauguration.” Trump also displays denial, as seen by his response to the pandemic, and vindictiveness, as demonstrated by his obsession with reversing Barack Obama’s legacy “seemingly just to punish him” as well as by his threat to “withhold federal funds from California for wildfire destruction because he perceives the state is against him.”

What happens when a narcissist loses? Expect “rage” and “terror,” psychologists warn | Salon.com