PSYCHOLOGY

The Mystery Of Donald Trump's Mother, Mary Trump, And How She Had A Lot To Do With Who He Is Today

Date January 25, 2018 14:10

Donald Trump has always been pretty open about how his father, Fred Trump, influenced him. But in contrast, he did not say very much about Mary, his mother.

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While her husband was determined and driven, Mary, on the other hand, was more the acquiescent housewife, reports say. But this did not mean she was not a part of who President Trump has become today.

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Mary, who passed away in 2000, has been described by Trump over the years with such glowing words as "fantastic," "tremendous" and "a homemaker who loved it."

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One has to wonder, considering Trump's marriages and the way he treats women who challenge him, could his mother have more to do with his temperament and attitude than his father did? A couple of psychologists share their opinion.

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Prudence Gourguechon, a former president of the American Psychoanalytic Association said, in general:

Your mother helps you identify your feelings and develop a cognitive structure so you don’t have to act on them immediately. And I think it’s fair to say that the capacity for empathy develops through your maternal relationship.

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Hence, the fact that Trump is not very vocal about his mother is telling in itself. One has to wonder what kind of relationship he had with her growing up.

A childhood friend of Trump's revealed that Mary did not interact much with her son the way Fred did.

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A friend of Trump's older brother Fred Jr seemed to agree. He said they rarely saw his mother but the housekeeper was always around.

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A former close associate and friend who confirmed this distance between mother and son also added that their relationship never changed as the years went by. The unnamed source reportedly said:

Donald was in awe of his father and very detached from his mother.

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A psychiatrist named Leonard Cruz told Politico that, in his professional opinion, when a child does not have a close relationship with a mother or mothering figure, he/she may become attention-seeking.

The child becomes almost exaggerated in the ways they try to court attention. I’m not speaking specifically about Donald Trump, but boy …

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Regardless of the many opinion people have about Trump and Mary's relationship, the fact remains that the truth, and how it has affected the president may never be known. For one, Trump has expressed many times that he was not a big fan of seeing a psychologist and two, Mary Trump, has passed on.

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So what we have, and probably always will have, are the guesses and stories from those who claim to know the family dynamic best.