“Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).”
This type of anger is one of the nine criteria used to diagnose Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) according to the American Psychiatric Association in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition).
What I want to emphasize is the constant anger aspect of this disease. Anger is such an ingrained part of this mental illness that it may be virtually the only emotion those suffering from the disease display.
We have all seen Donald Trump’s frequent displays of anger. Constant anger appears to best describe Trump’s usual state of mind. If you review Trump’s statements, you will see that anger permeates the overwhelming majority of them.
The anger that Trump displays is not of recent onset. The record indicates it appears to have been a lifelong core part of his personality. The classic phrase “angry young man” may describe many individuals suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. It likely describes Donald’s younger days.
Barbara Res, vice president working for Donald and overseeing construction while he was building Trump Tower in New York City in the early 80s said of Donald:
“As far as the anger is concerned, that’s real for sure. He’s not faking it…The fact that he gets mad, that’s his personality.”
Angry young men can age into angry old men. Can we forget the angry messages he constantly preached in his campaign rallies to provoke his audiences? We are now appalled watching him lashing out at America’s allies.
Anger and chronic faultfinding causing relationship problems are the two criteria that best distinguish BPD from the other personality disorders including narcissistic personality disorder.