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
Jungian analysis of the Donald
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