President Trump’s victory in 2016 stunned the world and unleased a new era in U.S. politics. Donald Trump often embodies the opposite of what many expect from a president, making it difficult for even Republican leaders to know how to respond to him. From his stubborn refusal to release his tax returns to the unprecedented cordiality he displayed to Vladimir Putin despite compelling evidence of Russia’s tampering with the 2016 election, President Trump has proven to be a shadowy figure who many, including Richard Reich, feared would consolidate power like a demagogue. His brazen, overly self-confident manner is a lightning rod for those who think anything that changes the old order is welcomed and is a warning of a clear and present danger for those who oppose him. Since taking office President Trump’s personality and its potential impact upon world affairs has become a central focus for many.
Narcissism is epidemic and as Dr. Tom Singer points out, President Trump is “carrying around the longest selfie stick in the world.”
A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of President Trump assembles thoughtful, deep explorations of narcissism by bestselling authors, university professors, and practicing clinicians. The narcissist often demands that the world conform to their image in order to sustain unending adulation and praise. They are capable of viscous and cold-hearted retaliation when their image is impugned. Narcissism demands to be mirrored and refuses to be challenged. Readers may recognize narcissistic features in people they know from work, the home, the entertainment industry, and politics. President Trump’s supporters as well as his detractors may be left asking how narcissistic traits manifest in someone who becomes President of the United States of America.
“Every country has the government it deserves,” said Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America. The contributors share a hope that these essays will become a mirror for the reader and for a nation called to examine itself. In the end, as Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés reminds us, “We were made for times like these.”
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, author of 13 influential books in over 20 foreign translations. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, former clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF.
Steven Buser, M.D. trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the US Air Force. He is a graduate of a two-year Clinical Training Program at the CG Jung Institute of Chicago and is the co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. In addition to a busy psychiatric private practice, he serves as Publisher of Chiron Publications.
Leonard Cruz, M.D. is the Editor-in-Chief of Chiron Publications and co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. He is a Cuban-American writer, editor, and psychiatrist. He is the co-author of DSM-5 Insanely Simplified, and has edited other books and articles, He is at work on books on Globalization and Sustainability.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., [doctorate in ethno-clinical psychology: thought processes/ life choices within diverse groups] is a Mestiza Latina poet, award-winning storyteller in the old traditions, a senior Jungian training analyst, and post-trauma recovery specialist who began working with war veterans at Hines VA Hospital in 1965. Her Post-Trauma Recovery Protocol is used worldwide to help train citizens in post-trauma recovery work following tragedies and disasters. Her books, Women Who Run with the Wolves, about the wild woman archetype, and Untie the Strong Woman, about the mercies of La Señora, Our Lady of Guadalupe, are published in 37 languages.
Nancy Swift Furlotti, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst, co-chair of the C.G. Jung Professorial Endowment in Analytical Psychology, UCLA, and board member at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a past president of the Los Angeles Jung Institute, and past co-president of the Philemon Foundation. Her longstanding interests include Mesoamerican mythology, the nature of evil, dreams, and the environment. She has written numerous articles, and co-edited The Dream and its Amplification with Erel Shalit. Through her publishing imprint, Recollections, she brings into print works by first generation Jungians, such as Erich Neumann.
James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he is Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, and author of 14 books.
Alden Josey Ph.D. had a successful career of 27 years as a research chemist and manager that included publication of 23 technical papers and seven patents. Following his retirement, he completed training at the C.G. Jung Institute for Analytical Psychology in Zürich and has lectured widely in this country and abroad on various topics. He is a Member Emeritus of the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts where he served as past President, Director of Training, and Director of Admissions.
Thomas Patrick Lavin, Ph.D. is a Zürich-trained Jungian analyst with a PhD in clinical psychology and theology. He is a founding member of the CG Jung Institute of Chicago. His clinical practice is in Wilmette, Illinois.
Kathryn Madden, Ph.D. is Editor of The Unconscious Roots of Creativity, and has been the Editor-in-Chief of Quadrant: The Journal of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology for 12 years. She is a licensed psychoanalyst of Jungian and psychodynamic focus in private practice in NYC. She is the author of The Dark Light of the Soul (Lindisfarne), and was co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Psychology & Religion (Springer). She teaches as Associate Faculty at UTS/Columbia University and at Pacifica Graduate Institute in CA.
Eve Maram, Psy.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist and a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Orange, California. She is currently pursuing Jungian analytic training through the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA), C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of Psychopathy Within.
John McClain, Ph.D. teaches in the Humanities Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His doctorate in political theory is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; his MA thesis was on Thucydidies and his PhD dissertation on Michel Foucault. He was co-editor for The Asheville Reader: The Medieval and Renaissance World (Copely). He is currently at work on a book, Sacred Views of St. Francis: The Sacro Monte di Orta (Punctum Books).
Robert Moore, Ph.D. was the editor and author of numerous books in the field of psychology, psychoanalysis, and spirituality, including Facing the Dragon.
Laurence de Rosen Ph. D is an alumna of the Ecole des Psychologues Praticiens, at the Catholic Institute of Paris (1979). She worked with Dr. M. Seligman and Dr. A. Beck at the University of Pennsylvania (1995-1998). She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute (1996-2005), New York, and a licensed and certified Jungian analyst. She worked in both the clinical context and in private practice in France (1979-1993) and in the US, where she taught, published, and was the recipient of the Gravida Award in 2011. Having returned to France, Laurence studied wood sculpture for three years under the supervision of master woodworker Pierre Leron-Lesur at la Maison de l’Amandier in St Rémy de Provence. Today, Laurence lives and practices her therapy and sculpture in Paris.
Susan Rowland, Ph.D. is the Chair of Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life at Pacifica Graduate Institute, has degrees from the Universities of Oxford, London and Newcastle, UK, and was the first chair of the International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS). In 2012, Her book, The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Complexity Evolution and Jung was published by Routledge, showing how the Jungian symbol is a portal to nature. Additional works include C.G. Jung and Literary Theory; Jung: A Feminist Revision; Jung as a Writer; Psyche and the Arts (editor); From Agatha Christie to Ruth Rendel; C.G. Jung in the Humanities; The Ecocritical Psyche.
Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst and co-founder of Chiron Publications. He has authored numerous books including The Black Nightgown, The Borderline Personality, Narcissism and Character Formation.
Thomas Singer, M.D. is psychiatrist and Jungian analyst who practices in the San Francisco Bay area. He has spent the last several years researching the cultural complex theory in different parts of the world, including Australia, North America, Latin America, Europe and a new project in Asia. He has co-edited the following books on the topic: The Cultural Complex, Placing Psyche (Australia), Listening to Latin America, and most recently, Europe’s Many Souls. In addition, he has co-edited two books on Ancient Greece/Modern Psyche based on conferences in Santorini, Greece. Beginning in 2000, he has organized five consecutive conferences at the San Francisco Jung Institute on politics, culture and psyche during Presidential election years. Dr. Singer currently serves as President of ARAS (The Archives for Research in Archetypal Symbolism) which explores symbolic imagery from all cultures since the beginning of human history.
Richard Smoot, Psy.D. is a private-practice clinical psychologist in Asheville, NC. He has worked with the U.S. military for over 20 years and taught graduate and undergraduate psychology courses at the University of Southern Mississippi, St. Leo University, and Wright State University. Dr. Smoot received a Psy.D. degree at Wright State University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Nova Southeastern University. He has previously authored chapters and articles on health psychology and psychopharmacology.
Jacqueline J. West, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a member and Training Analyst in the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts as well as in the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She has served as both President and Training Director of the New Mexico Society and also as President of the Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysts (CNASJA). She is co-author, along with Jungian Analyst Nancy Dougherty, of The Matrix and Meaning of Character: An Archetypal and Developmental Perspective – Searching for the Wellsprings of Spirit. She lectures widely on the dynamics of archetypally informed character structures and their interplay with art and politics.
James Wyly, Psy.D is a painter and musician. He holds doctorates in music and psychology, and practiced Jungian Analysis in Chicago for many years. His publications include The Phallic Quest: Priapus and Masculine Inflation, articles on Jungian psychology and the arts, The Brebos Organs at El Escorial (with Susan Tattershall) and articles on Iberian and Ibero-american baroque pipe organs. He lives in southern Mexico with his wife and dog.