After telling the panel of X-Factor judges she’s a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 and definitely going to be their next contest winner, a young British woman proceeded to sing terribly, albeit confidently. Judge Simon Cowell described her as “crazy, deluded” with “very little talent.”
As viewers, this is what we love. And season after season, there is no shortage, we get to see them over and over in every gender, color, size, and age. The miserable hacks, bridling with confidence, reach out to take hold of glory and we laugh as the judges slam them with a blast of reality. Some of these hacks are crushed, but many lash out at the judges, insulting their credentials while insisting their talent is too great for the pathetic judges to appreciate.
But now, psychologists at Cornell University are using the video to explain to their students Trump’s chronic over-confidence in himself.
“This isn’t any common over-confidence issue,” Dr. Mary Stellar explained. “This is a man who says…and actually believes, that he knows more about ISIS than our generals, and that he is the only one on the planet capable of doing anything you want to add to this sentence.”
“When this contestant is confronted with valid criticism, she seeks to destroy anyone critical of her,” Dr. Stellar said. “Donald is the same way.”
Judges Respond: Slate Launches Contest to Diagram Trump’s Sentences
In the real world, judges are giving Trump feedback on his lack of talent constantly. Slate’s contest to diagram Trump’s meandering sentences is the kind of feedback he fears most, Dr. Stellar says.
“He is always mentioning what people are saying, he even will back up a baseless claim with ‘a lot of people are saying’ because, at the end of the day, he is only concerned with what people think of him,” Stellar said.
Inviting the public to diagram his thought process is “perfectly designed” to trigger a Trump reaction, Stellar added.
Trigger Trump, Enter the Contest
If you’d like to push Trump’s buttons, enter Slate’s competition.