I missed this great Quartz piece back in early December on how to cope with a president who suffers from narcissistic personality disorder, or NPD. Perhaps counterintuitively, it’s one of the more comforting pieces I’ve read since the election; like any good mental health diagnosis, it provides the necessary context and clarity to move from confusion to action.
Here’s a good excerpt:
He will say whatever feels most comfortable or good to him at any given time. He will lie a lot, and say totally different things to different people. Stop being surprised by this. While it’s important to pretend “good faith” and remind him of promises, as Bernie Sanders and others are doing, that’s for his supporters, so they can see the inconsistency as it comes. He won’t care. So if you’re trying to reconcile or analyze his words, don’t. It’s 100% not worth your time. Only pay attention to and address his actions.
You can read the full piece here: https://qz.com/852187/coping-with-chaos-in-the-white-house. It’s a short, easy read, so give it a look now while it’s top of mind.