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The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Dan P. McAdams

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump provides a coherent and nuanced psychological portrait of the 45th president of the United States. Drawing on biographical events in Trump’s life and on ... More


Prologue

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The prologue introduces this psychological interpretation of Donald Trump’s life through the lens of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 19th-century novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Whereas ... More


Venom

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

“Venom” examines the many ways in which Donald Trump, as a social actor, displays remarkably low levels of agreeableness, a broad personality trait that may be the most valued trait in the world. ... More


Love

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

“Love” traces Donald Trump’s relationships with the women he has claimed to love in his life, beginning with his mother and running through his three wives—Ivana, Marla, and Melania. Each personified ... More


Me

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The chapter, “Me,” examines in detail Donald Trump’s love of himself—that is, his narcissism. Tracing the concept back to the ancient Greek myth of Narcissus, the chapter explores different theories ... More


Goldwater

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

As a short digression into the world of psychiatric diagnosis, the chapter “Goldwater” discusses the controversy over whether or not mental health professionals should diagnose President Trump with a ... More


Redemption

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The last chapter in the book, entitled “Redemption,” begins with a summary of the book’s argument up to this point and then considers the broad cultural and political role of redemptive narratives in ... More


Story

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The first full chapter, “Story,” presents the central thesis of the book: Donald Trump has never developed an inner story in his mind to explain who he is and how he came to be. Refusing to be ... More


Primate

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

“Primate” delves into evolutionary biology and primatology to unearth the psychological roots of human leadership as they apply to the case of President Donald J. Trump. In broad terms, evolved ... More


Reward

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

“Reward” explores the personality trait of extraversion in the life of Donald Trump. The chapter begins with an evolutionary account of extraversion’s powerful role in human groups, as a personality ... More


Truth

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

“Truth” aims to explain why Donald Trump lies more than any other public official in the United States today, and why his supporters, nonetheless, put up with his lies. The chapter combs the ... More


Us

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The chapter us considers the many implications and ramifications of authoritarianism in the presidency of Donald J. Trump. The authoritarian leader pits the good us against the bad “them,” and he ... More


Deal

Dan P. McAdams

in The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump: A Psychological Reckoning

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780197507445
eISBN:
9780197507476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197507445.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The second chapter, “Deal,” examines Donald Trump’s unique manner of making deals, focusing ultimately on his efforts to broker a nuclear deal with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in the summer of 2018. ... More


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