We’re heading into s a US election where one candidate may have a dangerous psychopathological condition.
R.S. Mracky, a veteran tourism professional is very concerned about the state of mind of Donald Trump, the U.S. presidential contender. Mracky feels not only the world of travel and tourism would be entering dangerous times if a mentally challenged person would be elected to be the leader of the free world.
Mracky told eTN: As an American tourism professional of almost 40 years I am concerned about the future of our industry. I am concerned about the future of the United States and the standing of our country in a global environment. I am even more concerned about the safety of everyone in this fragile world.
R. S. Mracky is an acknowledged tourism marketing and management consultant with decades of front line experience, serving major tourism and travel industry clients; governments of Mexico, Greece, Indonesia, Philippines, ASEAN, and many of today’s major tourism, destination, hospitality and airline brands.
He recently spoke out and asked eTN
What is freedom? Mracky answered his own question to say: ‘It’s to be able to make your own personal decisions, within the framework of democracy – and what does democracy mean to each of us?
It means to live together with others in some sort of grouping – you may wish to call it a community, a town, a village, or whatever, it means being respectful to others, and to make that work the group needs to adapt rules to make it work.
This means, for instance, having cars go only when the light is green. Or that food be free of anything that could hurt you, or to discourage crime, like stealing things that will get you punished according to what the group feels is fair as punishment. It also means when you vote, you vote for those you think will be the best “chiefs” to meet your expectations, and most important do not suffer from a mental disorder called megalomania.
Megalomania is a psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence – an obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions – very much represented during this election.
Megalomania is an unrealistic belief in one’s superiority, grandiose abilities. It is characterized by a need for total power and control over others, and is marked by a lack of empathy for anything that is perceived as not feeding the self.
Although megalomania is a term often ascribed to anyone who is power-hungry, the clinical definition is that of a mental illness associated with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
Narcissism (NPD) is characterized by extremely low self-esteem, which is compensated for by delusions of grandeur and megalomania, a narcissistic neurosis. With the propensity to act only on behalf of one’s self, the unbridled need to feed one’s ego, and the objectification of others to serve the power-hungry needs of megalomania, it is easy to see how this can be a recipe for disaster, especially when wrapped in a charismatic personality. Megalomaniacs believe they can engage in destructive behaviors without consequence.
People with NPD typically value themselves over others to the extent that they disregard the feelings and wishes of others and expect to be treated as superior regardless of their actual status or achievements. In addition, people with NPD exhibit fragile egos, an inability to tolerate criticism, and a tendency to belittle others in an attempt to validate their own superiority.
Of the two major 2016 Presidential Candidates one, unfortunately suffers from megalomania /NPD.
Typically, those who suffer from megalomania rarely know the actual direction their actions and drive are to achieve; they formulate those “on the way” and as circumstances present themselves.
In the case of the megalomania candidate currently he has chosen to attack and instill hate and fear in the electorate: immigrants, building a wall, be afraid you are in peril. In this regard Benjamin Franklin counseled us, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Wrap Up and Food for Thought
“The first thing that went through my head is somebody should do something, and that’s when I got really upset and disappointed with myself, because I realized I had the opportunity to do something. And I didn’t want to be a hypocrite who just tweeted about it.”