Ever wondered how Donald Trump’s mind works?
If you have ever wondered how Donald Trump’s mind works, believe me, you are not alone. What follows might provide you with some insights and with some surprises.
My book ‘Fish Can’t Climb Trees’ introduces the Mercury Model™, a cognitive model for the 21st Century. It focuses on mental individuality, without commenting on behaviour, appearances or ego. And, this post introduces the book’s content and style using the mental dynamics of a man, soon to be called Mr President. His mind and how it ticks is of interest to millions of people, who may not know that fish can’t climb trees and might continue to expect ‘more’ from him than he presents.
I have compiled here some direct excerpts from the text of his Profile, as identified and described by the Mercury Model™ in ‘Fish Can’t Climb Trees’. Like all the Profiles, this is from the mind’s own point of view.
‘By the time I was a teenager I was sick and tired of hearing people say ‘Oh why do you have to be so sensitive?’ Well, here’s the simple truth: I just am, and always have been. Despite my occasional hearty presentation and robust outer behaviour, in truth, I am impressionable and tender. With age and experience, I have developed some skill at masking my mental sensitivity, but it is still there and can still be an issue. Throughout my life, I have picked up feelings or ‘vibrations’ around me. My mind works by linking ideas with the feelings they call forth. I react to information deeply and personally.
I do not have the option, like some other minds do, to take a giant step back from new information or to pause and decide whether or not to take it in. No, I soak it up like a kitchen sponge close to a puddle. Nor am I able to distance myself from information by keeping it in my head, in the safe realms of intellectual concepts and flashes of insight. No, afraid not. I drink in messages from the environment and filter them through my personal feelings, making them my own without further processing. For me there is always emotion associated with the activity of learning. This is part of my nature.
I evaluate the merit of an idea by how it feels; knowing good ones from bad, interesting ones from boring, right from wrong, exciting from dangerous by my personal emotional reaction. A good idea is one that feels right. This interwoven blend of mind and feeling is totally natural to me. Like most others, I was surprised to find that all minds are not alike. I was stunned to realize that others judge an idea’s value on grounds of logic or practicality. I consider it too cold and detached to separate feelings from thought, but you may notice that I can be swayed by an appeal to my emotions, sometimes against the dictates of ‘common sense’.
I quite naturally dream up new ideas – one after the other. I thrive on beginnings; I am very good at starting new things. But I am not skilled at completing. When an idea loses its emotional appeal, goes cold and no longer interests me, my first inclination is to turn toward something more stimulating. Although this comes naturally to me, it’s useful to know a few tricks to help me finish projects, at home, in school or out in the world.
I can experience an emotional threat when someone questions one of my ideas, another feature of the strong bond between my mind and feelings. But, if I react to the perceived threat it can thoroughly confuse communication, agitate the other person and ultimately generate a whirlwind. I can really stir things up. Like nobody else, I can get an entire family, a classroom or an office going with just a few words, especially if I am bored or there isn’t ‘enough going on’.
Over time I have developed an ability to absorb an entire picture from just a few sketchy words, an advantage in both personal and professional situations. I just feel it – and usually it is correct. However, when I speak, I have to remember that others need a more complete explanation. I need to use more words in order for others to get my drift. I can see that most of us present information in the mode that best satisfies our own learning requirements, thinking it will be just right for others too. I had to learn to fill out my stories and presentations and to meet the needs of other types of learners.’
Does this surprise you?
Previously published on Facebook 18 January 2017