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

Dan P. McAdams

Abstract

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 contemporary research and theory in personality, social, and developmental psychology, the book explores the personality traits and psychological dynamics that have shaped Trump’s life, with an emphasis on the strangeness of the case—how Trump again and again defies psychological expectations regarding what it means to be a human being. The book’s central thesis is that Donald Trump is the episodic man. He l ... More

Keywords: Donald Trump, psychological biography, personality, life narrative, narcissism, U.S. presidents, leadership, authoritarianism, political psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197507445
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197507445.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan P. McAdams, author
Professor and Chair Department of Psychology, Northwestern University

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