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An Open Letter to Donald Trump From the 'Sickos and Mentally Ill'

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 2/11/2015 Dustin DeMoss
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Mr. Trump,
You've portrayed yourself as someone who deeply cares about veterans although in fact I have no knowledge of you doing anything for veterans besides say that you'll make the VA system "great." It may come as some knowledge to you that many veterans have a mental illness and that they come from the "sickos and...mentally ill" community, using your own words. Of course, you were talking about shooters, people who ravage communities with violence.
It may also be in your best interest to know that study after study has shown the mentally ill are more likely to be victims of violent crime than become perpetrators of violent crime. Here is what the American Psychological Association said in 1994, "the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illnesses."
As far as I can see there is no self-control in your language. Language is important. Language translates into the deeper psychology of an individual. Language communicates intention, depth of thought, and the psyche of the individual. If someone cannot control their language (and none of us are immune to fouling up language) then their depth of personality, attention to detail, and tact in important matters is in question.
The problem with claiming that as Americans we've become "too sensitive" is not a problem of becoming "too sensitive" but rather less critically thoughtful, less introspectively able to transcend differences, less mindful of language, and less logical. This is the problem with your campaign, you're appealing to people who are less able to use critical thinking and are more driven by emotion.
Speaking of mental illness I'd be remised if I didn't discuss narcissism. In the book, Politics and Narcissism, the outline of the book says, "In this age of narcissism, the proliferation of politicians with significant narcissistic personality features is dramatic. Driven by dreams of glory, they seem to find the spotlight that the arena of politics provides irresistible. This book... systematically explores the psychology of narcissism - the entitlement, the grandiosity and arrogance overlying insecurity, the sensitivity to criticism, and the hunger for acclaim." Does this sound familiar? A Google definition for narcissism states, "extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type." Does any of this ring a bell?
There are many in the "sickos and mentally ill" community who are amazing and interesting people. They're from all stripes and backgrounds and some may even be billionaires.

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