In a new book, President Donald Trump's niece applies her psychology education to conclude that the President is likely to suffer from narcissism and other clinical disorders – and was brought to success by a father who fueled these traits .
In "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Made the Most Dangerous Man in the World," Mary Trump writes about a "malignant dysfunctional family" dominated by a patriarch, Fred Trump, who showed little interest in his five children, except to take care of an heir for his real estate business.
Ultimately, he chose Donald, wrote it, and decided that his second son's "arrogance and bullying" in the office would be useful, and encouraged her.
"He short-circuited Donald's ability to develop and experience the full range of human emotions," Trump writes. "Donald needs division. This is the only way he can survive – my grandfather ensured this decades ago when he brought his children against each other."
The book, due to appear next Tuesday, is the first Trump biography written by a family member. Reuters received a copy of the book. The president's brother, Robert, has so far unsuccessfully tried to block his publication. The lawsuit continues, but publication is not expected to cease.
White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that it was a "book of falsehoods." Its release comes when Trump, a Republican, is aiming for a second term in the November 3 presidential election.
Mary Trump has an uneasy story with her uncle, who crashed into her father Fred Jr. before he died at the age of 42 after fighting alcoholism.
Mary and her brother also had a lengthy lawsuit over Fred Sr.'s assets after his death in 1999.She says she secretly helped New York Times reporters in an investigation in 2018 that set out how Trump was described and his siblings avoided millions in taxes.
Speculation about Trump's state of mind is widespread among his political critics. However, Mary Trump brings a different perspective because she has a doctorate in psychology and decades of first-hand experience with Trump and his wider family.
"I have no problem calling Donald a narcissist … but the label only gets us so far," she writes, adding that the president may also have other pathologies that prevent him from taking responsibility for his actions to take over and to put oneself in others. She writes that he can also suffer from learning and sleep disorders.
"He knows deep down that he is not what he claims to be," she writes. "He knows that he was never loved."
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