Whether you like or hate Donald Trump, you have to admit that his actions have gotten him into the White House. Yet you have to wonder why Donald Trump behaves the way he does.
He always wants his way, he doesn’t listen to others, and he always thinks he’s right. If you spotted this blustery behavior in a child, you might wonder why a person would act like this and one possible reason is that it’s a way to cover up low self-esteem.
Bullies are often easily intimidated. Because they’re essentially cowards, they overcompensate by acting far tougher than they feel. More importantly, bullies act tough to others because they’re afraid.
They’re not afraid of others so much as they’re afraid that others will see them for who they really are. So they hide behind a false front that puts up a tough exterior right away as a shield. Of course, such a shield not only blocks out threats, but also blocks out love.
Essentially, Donald Trump, like all people, wants to be liked.
There are many ways to be liked, but if you have low self-esteem, you’ll be extremely sensitive to any sort of criticism. (Sound familiar with his constant Tweeting?) You’ll also pretend to be the opposite of how you really feel. Someone with low-self-esteem needs the adoration of others like a drug addict needs cocaine. People with low self-esteem need constant approval from others, but it’s never enough. They need more and they need it all the time.
Someone who holds such a low opinion of himself must continue to draw attention to himself through emotional outbursts and outrageous actions because these give him attention in the same way that a crying baby tossing toys around a living room can attract the attention of the parents.
Notice that Donald Trump feels particularly hurt when he finds people may not like him? Why boast that his inauguration was the most attended in history when it clearly was not due to photographic evidence? Imagine how he feels when he sees more people protesting against him. Even worse, Donald Trump craved attention so he naturally craved approval from Hollywood when he was a reality TV star in “The Apprentice.”
Now most of the Hollywood crowd has turned against him and will never forgive his actions again. No matter what happens to his Presidency, Donald Trump will never be welcomed into the majority of Hollywood circles ever again, and that fact alone must particularly hurt someone like Donald Trump.
Given the fact that he’s already shut himself off from Hollywood and many world leaders, who else can Donald Trump turn to for unending approval? His base of white nationalists.
Expect Donald Trump to perform more outrageous acts like a screaming toddler throwing a tantrum for approval. As Donald Trump’s circle of friends gets smaller and smaller, he’ll get wilder and wilder, pandering to the only people who still like him: neo-Nazis, white supremacists and racists, and angry bigots. Not surprisingly, this group of people don’t embrace facts or care about history. All they care about is themselves, their imagined enemies and threats to their existence, and their own selfishness — exactly the same way Donald Trump feels.
Donald Trump must continue seeking approval from right-wing extremists because they’re the only ones who like him while the rest of the world shuns him.
For someone who only wanted to be liked, having a large percentage of the world actively and visibly protest against you must be the ultimate fear of anyone with low self-esteem. Most people who hold low opinions of themselves only have to deal with a handful of people who don’t like them. Donald Trump has to live in the fish bowl transparent bubble of the whole world, and a growing percentage of the world does not like him.
For someone with low self-esteem, being President isn’t a dream job. It’s Donald Trump’s biggest nightmare.