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    The Trickster of 2016: Understanding the Phenomenon of Donald Trump

    By Julia Grant

    Donald Trump, as a pertinent example, has been managing his campaign for president in this above-stated way. He appears to be very identified with his persona. He believes steadfastly that because he is good at business that he will be equally successful at political leadership. When asked about how he will go about educating himself on things like foreign policy, he quips that he can pick up what he needs to know in 15 minutes. He has developed the persona of a savvy, strategic, successful business person. He fervently believes that everything in life is a deal, and as a deal-maker, he is qualified to be president.

    Given the identification with his persona, I would suggest that he has a weak ego structure. He has been remarkably insensitive to how other people feel about him, basking in the glow of Vladimir Putin’s admiration. He is carrying a very bloated shadow bag, the weak adaptation of which causes him to be overly susceptible to flattery and to react emotionally when challenged. Further, he seems incapable of personal responsibility for his actions. For instance, he has threatened to sue the Iowa Caucus organizers based on his claim that there must be fraud since he didn’t win. Based on his outrageous behavior, one wonders if he is acting consciously at all, or whether his unconscious completely takes over for a time. It is as if his persona has become a vessel through which the instinctive, impulsive, irrational, unconscious collective psyche expresses itself.

    One of Mr. Trump’s signature characteristics is his insistence on blaming entire populations of people for the actions of a few. His goal of building a massive wall (constructing a boundary) to keep the ‘bad’ people from Mexico out of the country, his suggestion that Muslims should not be allowed to enter, and his claim that those who already live here should register, are precise examples of projections. In essence, the stimulation of his shadow causes extreme anxiety that finds relief through irrational thoughts and behaviors.

    The Trickster archetype fits Mr. Trump in many ways. First, his undifferentiated consciousness seems evident, as he has tweeted more than 500 insults since June 2015. (Leonhardt, 2016, January 28). He makes infantile statements: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?” (Cohen, 2016, January 25), and displays outrageous behavior. Despite these antics he has managed to attract a surprising amount of popular support, giving him a superhuman quality; someone who is not subject to the same universal rules that everyone else is (like decent manners, consistent policy positions, holding opinions with substance). He also crosses boundaries and confuses previously known distinctions.

    The Trickster of 2016: Understanding the Phenomenon of Donald Trump | Julie Grant - Academia.edu

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    Jungian analysis of the Donald

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    “The collective and cultural unconscious communicates to Trump. It has possessed Trump. He reflects this message back to his audience. Unconsciously the audience has created him.” Oster sees Trump as the archetype or universal symbol of the Greek god Hermes, the messenger. But Hermes is also the Trickster. “He is the jokester, a thief, and the inventor of lying,” she says. “He is disruptive to Apollo and turns the tables on power. This is what Trump’s audience seems to feel about him, so they hear what they want to hear. His audience feels disenfranchised, left out of America’s promise of prosperity. Trump promises to give it back to then. They are not much concerned about Trump’s contradictions (another Hermes trait) or his lies or his ruthless style.”

    "Let Daddy Fix It!" Donald Trump And The Collective Unconscious | The Huffington Post
    This actually explains a lot - at least it makes sense to me.
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    The quick-thinking Monkey God is especially useful for businessmen whose establishments have experienced failures.

    This mischievous and irrepressible Monkey God, also known by names such as the "Monkey King", "Trickster God", "Great Sage Equal of Heaven" or "Sun Wukong" in Chinese is the most disobedient deity. Initially an outcast and being buried under a mountain of rock for 500 years as a punishment for wreaking havoc in the Taoist Heaven, he was later given the blessing of the redeemed immortality by the Buddha after successfully completing the mission given by the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin which is to escort the holy monk Tan Xuan Zang (Tripitaka) on his arduous journey to the West to obtain the sacred Buddhist scriptures back to China during the Tang Dynasty.


    Source: Seated Chinese Monkey God :: Sun Wukong Statue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    The quick-thinking Monkey God is especially useful for businessmen whose establishments have experienced failures.

    This mischievous and irrepressible Monkey God, also known by names such as the "Monkey King", "Trickster God", "Great Sage Equal of Heaven" or "Sun Wukong" in Chinese is the most disobedient deity. Initially an outcast and being buried under a mountain of rock for 500 years as a punishment for wreaking havoc in the Taoist Heaven, he was later given the blessing of the redeemed immortality by the Buddha after successfully completing the mission given by the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin which is to escort the holy monk Tan Xuan Zang (Tripitaka) on his arduous journey to the West to obtain the sacred Buddhist scriptures back to China during the Tang Dynasty.


    Source: Seated Chinese Monkey God :: Sun Wukong Statue
    Not sure what China has to do with the topic since we have a completely different type of government here but will say that MM supporters are going to be sorely disappointed when he can't deliver on most of his "promises" - especially for the blue collar working class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Not sure what China has to do with the topic since we have a completely different type of government here but will say that MM supporters are going to be sorely disappointed when he can't deliver on most of his "promises" - especially for the blue collar working class.
    Chinese astrology promised success for Donald Trump. The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey started on February 8, 2016. According to Chinese astrology, the spirit of the year is inspired by the Monkey. The Monkey is hyperactive and strong-minded. Freed from inhibitions and guilt, the Monkey will think the unthinkable. Expect him to say and do outrageous things.

    The Monkey looks at new ways to solve problems but he can be tricky, opportunistic and not trustworthy. The establishment fears the Monkey as he threatens to overthrow the old ways of doing things.

    Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in the Year of the Fire Dog. According to famousbirthdays.com, “In all aspects of life, the Fire Dog displays confidence and an unbending will. These qualities, when paired with charisma and charm, make the Fire Dog one of the most effective leaders of its sign.” The Dog is complementary to the Monkey.

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    Do people expect presidents to know everything about every issue they are going to face?

    Of course not, that would be impossible for anyone.

    This is why that have legions of advisors, bring in experts, hear the pro's and con's, and make a decision based off their beliefs, the effect to the nation, and the political ramifications.

    It really doesn't take more than 15 minutes to give them this information.

    Trump is exactly correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    Chinese astrology promised success for Donald Trump. The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey started on February 8, 2016. According to Chinese astrology, the spirit of the year is inspired by the Monkey. The Monkey is hyperactive and strong-minded. Freed from inhibitions and guilt, the Monkey will think the unthinkable. Expect him to say and do outrageous things.

    The Monkey looks at new ways to solve problems but he can be tricky, opportunistic and not trustworthy. The establishment fears the Monkey as he threatens to overthrow the old ways of doing things.

    Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in the Year of the Fire Dog. According to famousbirthdays.com, “In all aspects of life, the Fire Dog displays confidence and an unbending will. These qualities, when paired with charisma and charm, make the Fire Dog one of the most effective leaders of its sign.” The Dog is complementary to the Monkey.
    What a bunch of malarky.
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    More hyperbolic psycho babble bullshit from the intelligencia on the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Do people expect presidents to know everything about every issue they are going to face?

    Of course not, that would be impossible for anyone.

    This is why that have legions of advisors, bring in experts, hear the pro's and con's, and make a decision based off their beliefs, the effect to the nation, and the political ramifications.

    It really doesn't take more than 15 minutes to give them this information.

    Trump is exactly correct.
    Is that how long it took you to get your PhD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Do people expect presidents to know everything about every issue they are going to face?

    Of course not, that would be impossible for anyone.

    This is why that have legions of advisors, bring in experts, hear the pro's and con's, and make a decision based off their beliefs, the effect to the nation, and the political ramifications.

    It really doesn't take more than 15 minutes to give them this information.

    Trump is exactly correct.
    Ahh come on now, don't confuse them with reality!

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