When Denial Stops Working
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If ever any more evidence was needed as to how criminal and deranged Donald Trump is, the first day of the January 6 Hearings provided more than enough. Without any doubt, he is a Pathological Narcissist who by definition is solely out for himself. Even worse, he’s a Demented Sociopath. Massive amounts of Denial are required to not see both.
The thing about Denial is that it’s never perfect. Indeed, it wouldn’t be necessary if there weren’t some realization, however flitting and not fully conscious, that the charges against the person in question are true. The question then is what happens when those who’ve been “used” realize that they’ve been had by someone who doesn’t care a whit about them? Since they’re already used violence, against whom and what will they direct it? If not Trump himself, what targets will they then turn to?
The point is that the damage that Trump has already caused and continues to wreck is endless. Even though the hearings won’t change the minds of those who need it most, they are required in that they set the record straight. They establish beyond doubt that Donald Trump committed nothing less than treason.
Ian I. Mitroff is credited as being one of the principal founders of the modern field of Crisis Management. He has a BS, MS, and a PhD in Engineering and the Philosophy of Social Systems Science from UC Berkeley. He Is Professor Emeritus from the Marshall School of Business and the Annenberg School of Communication at USC. Currently, he is a Senior Research Affiliate in the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, UC Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Management. He has published 41 books. His latest is: The Socially Responsible Organization: Lessons from Covid, Springer, New York, 2022.