Alison Gopnik

The Boy King is Naked

“Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Nobody, except everybody else.

This is what passes for self-disclosure and nuance for Trump.  An issue that’s been a huge controversy for decades, that he willingly accepted as President, and that he promised to have a solution for.  And he’s now finding it … and many other things just so … hard.

How do you get your arms around and around this narcissist?  Naming is important.

I choose Naked Boy King.  Symptoms include the elevation of self, lack of empathy and understanding, limited scope of one’s world, absolute reliance on loyalty, actions based on emotion and not logic, refusal to accept commonly accepted objective reality, ignorance of his shortcomings, and that’s just a start.

The following is taken from Child Development Info based on Piaget’s Stages for the characteristic behavior for a 4 to 7 year old.

  • Speech becomes more social, less egocentric.
  • The child has an intuitive grasp of logical concepts in some areas.
  • However, there is still a tendency to focus attention on one aspect of an object while ignoring others.
  • Concepts formed are crude and irreversible.
  • Easy to believe in magical increase, decrease, disappearance.
  • Reality not firm.
  • Perceptions dominate judgment.
  • In moral-ethical realm, the child is not able to show principles underlying best behavior.
  • Rules of a game not developed, only uses simple do’s and don’ts imposed by authority.

Seems to fit to me, though Alison Gopnik argues that he’s not even four and Jennifer Finney Boylan notes the lack of object permanence, which would place him at two.  Whether he’s 7 or 2, he is our President, or rather king wannabe.

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