Anyone with a computer could determine within five minutes that Sarah Palin exhibits signs of paranoid behavior. Doing a general search of the internet using the words “Palin” and “paranoid” results in 4,720,000 articles or comments.
Even Glenn Beck, the person Sarah Palin wrote about in the Time Magazine article in 2010, laughed privately after his first interview with her in January of 2009. GLENN BECK SAID SHE DIDN’T TRUST ANYONE. The production of more e-mails that were generated during the early weeks of Palin’s half-term service as Governor of Alaska confirms this personality characteristic. . In particular one of the e-mails generated within days of taking office confirms that Palin felt there were only a few aids left that she felt she could trust. That particular e-mail was sent to John Bitney who she fired.
A Paranoid Personality Disorder is characterized by excessive distrust and suspiciousness of others. It is usually no diagnosed until the behaviors become persistent and disabling.
“Individuals with this disorder are generally difficult to get along with and often have problems with close relationships because of their excessive suspiciousness and hostility. Their combative and suspicious nature may elicit a hostile response in others, which then serves to confirm their original expectations. Individuals with this disorder have a need to have a high degree of control over those around them. They are often rigid, critical of others, and unable to collaborate, although they have great difficulty accepting criticism themselves. They often become involved in legal disputes. They may exhibit thinly hidden, unrealistic grandiose fantasies, are often attuned to issues of power and rank, and tend to develop negative stereotypes of others, particularly those from population groups distinct from their own. More severely affected individuals with this disorder may be perceived by others as fanatics and form tightly knit cults or groups with others who share their paranoid beliefs. “
1. Excessive distrust and suspiciousness
The new e-mail documents excessive distrust and suspiciousness when Palin writes:
“I am finding my circle of confidants to be shrinking daily,” This e-mail was written just eight days after being inaugurated as governor.
As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin demonstrated the same distrust and suspiciousness nature. She fired people who had actually helped her get elected.
Sarah Palin has regularly demonstrated her unfounded suspicion that the media is obsessed with “getting her.”
Even while giving speeches she has demonstrated her paranoia by saying that there were “moles” in the audience texting about her belief in prayer and taking it all out of context. She has warned her audience to “be careful. There may be some media that sneaked into the room.”
When Joe McGinniss moved into the house next door she accused him of “overlooking my children’s play area” and “overlooking Piper’s bedroom.”
2. Persistent and Disabling
In Game Change, Palin was described as disabled. The words “catatonic stupor” were used to describe her when she was disabled.She questioned the “devotion” of McCain’s team to helping her. (Game Change at 398).
3. Great Difficulty Accepting Criticism
Palin has a long history accepting criticism. From the time of the Katie Couric interviews we knew that Palin was unable to accept any criticism. The Blood Libel comment is also a clear indication of Palin’s total refusal to acknowledge any type of criticism, and in fact, demonstrates that she perceives herself to be the victim. Even the Paul Revere comment was blatantly wrong, and Palin was still unable to admit that the criticism of her was appropriate.
4. Unrealistic grandiose fantasies
From the moment that Trailblazer was published we have know that Sarah Palin saw herself as President of the United States, from the time she was Mayor of Wasilla Alaska, a town of roughly 7000 people.
5. Possessing Negative Stereotypes of Others
The term “lame-stream media” has regularly been associated with every statement and speech Palin has given. In essence she groups anybody reporting about her into the category of the enemy.
6. Perceived by others as Members of tightly knit cults
Without first reading this definition of Paranoid Personality Disorder, last February I compared Palin and her followers to a Cult. It was frightening then. It is even more frightening today.
In the last week I wrote about the need for a Constitutional Amendment to ensure that anyone running for the Presidency should have to first establish their fitness for office by demonstrating physical and mental health. . These latest e-mails of Sarah Palin confirm that such a requirement is essential. There seems to be little controversy that Sarah Palin is paranoid. The only remaining question is how to best protect the country from that illness.