The following is is a very interesting article I found on a site called Flying Monkeys Denied, that explains how to identify a narcissist who has “collapsed” –in other words, a narcissist who has been denied adequate supply (leading to narcissistic injury), perhaps by having failed to meet his or her goals or obtain the admiration they thought was their due. He (or she) will spiral into “pit bull” attack mode in their last ditch efforts to force others to provide them with supply. They become hypersensitive, hateful, rage filled, tantrum throwing, angry, snappish, intolerant, and sometimes even violent. Any pretense of niceness or charm they might have formerly displayed when things were going better for them disappears and the rage just underneath the mask of pleasantness comes out full throttle.
They still cannot accept any blame or criticism of themselves. They project their self hatred onto the “targets” they have selected (people of another race, religion, ethnic group, gender, or people with a non-traditional lifestyle). It’s as this level the narcissist displays bigotry and small-mindedness. It’s at this level you see xenophobia and intolerance toward viewpoints outside their narrow worldview. It’s at this level the collapsed narcissist may batter his wife or girlfriend so badly she winds up hospitalized or dead.
Archie Bunker in the ’70s hit TV show, “All in the Family” was a narcissist who was painfully aware he was at or very near the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder. Fearing he’d sink to the even “lower level” of the minorities and various ethnic groups he looked down on with so much contempt, Archie hung onto that one thin thread of hope: his whiteness, his conservative values, and his blue-collarness.
There’s another narcissist in the public eye right now, similar to Archie Bunker in many ways (only with a lot more money), who is running for president. This narcissist also displays all the signs of having collapsed or being in the process of collapsing, perhaps due to the pressure of running for the highest office you can obtain but deep down knowing he really isn’t qualified, so he attacks those who question his competence or criticize his agenda. His bigotry, sexism and racism ensures that should he fail (lose the election, win the election but become the most hated president ever) he will still be “above” these other groups who he has deemed are beneath him.
The next stage in the narcissistic collapse (if getting supply through aggression, threats and intimidation fails) would be a descent into depression, suicide, or even psychosis (when a narcissist reaches this point of having hit rock bottom, they may become so desperate as to voluntarily enter therapy, and this is when inroads into their psyche are most likely to be made). Such a massive blow to the narcissistic ego could also result in complete loss of control called “going postal.” It is this possibility I think many of us sense in The Donald that makes his possible presidency so terrifying. Should he collapse that far, he could start a nuclear war or turn America into a police state or order the extermination or deportation of all the groups of people he dislikes. Gay people, people of color (particularly Muslim-Americans), even women are at risk should that happen.
My apologies for applying Godwin’s Law, but I believe this is how Hitler went from winning an election as a smooth talking populist who promised to “make Germany great again,” to the monster who became responsible for the extermination of 6 million Jews and other groups he disliked. I could see this happening with Donald Trump all too easily. There aren’t enough checks and balances any more to keep him at bay should he decide to unleash his narcissistic fury. This is one angry and disordered man who is coming undone on national TV and I wouldn’t put anything past him.
I didn’t intend for this intro to be so long. Here is the article I’m linking to: