Trump, Mary L.
Mary L. Trump
Simon und Schuster
Today, Donald is much as he was at three years old: incapable of growing, learning and evolving, unable to regulate his emotions, moderate his responses or take in and synthesize information. Child abuse is, in some sense, a matter of 'too much' or 'not enough'. Donald's mother became ill when he was two and a half, suddenly depriving him of his main source of comfort. His father, Fred, became his only available parent. But Fred firmly believed that dealing with young children was not his duty. From the beginning, Fred's care of his children reflected his own needs, not theirs. He could not empathize with Donald's plight, so his son's fears and longings went unsoothed. Over time, Donald became afraid asking for comfort or attention would provoke his father's anger or indifference. That Fred would become the primary source of Donald's solace when he was much more likely to be a source of fear or rejection put Donald into an intolerable position: total dependence on a care-giver who also caused him terror. Donald suffered deprivations that would scar him for life.
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