Are we suffering from a national Trump personality disorder?

A psychiatrist examines Trump, but has questions about all of us

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Published December 5, 2018 12:00PM (EST)

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This week, Yale psychiatry professor Bandy X. Lee spoke out about not just what she views as Trump's "grandiose omnipotence" but the devotion of his supporters. And where once his type of behavior would be a hindrance to success, now it attracts loyalty. Is the real problem that our culture is becoming more emotionally stunted? And are we suffering an epidemic of "strongman-type personalities"?


Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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