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Leaders and their followers in a dangerous world : the psychology of political behavior

Author: Jerrold M Post; Alexander L George
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2004.
Series: Psychoanalysis and social theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What impels leaders to lead and followers to follow? How did Osama bin Laden, the son of a multibillionaire construction magnate in Saudi Arabia, become the world's number one terrorist? What are the psychological foundations of man's inhumanity to man, ethnic cleansing, and genocide? Jerrold M. Post contends that such questions can be answered only through an understanding of the psychological foundations of leader  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jerrold M Post; Alexander L George
ISBN: 0801441692 9780801441691
OCLC Number: 53139496
Description: xvii, 302 pages : illustrations.
Contents: 9/11, the explosive force of personality and political behavior --
When personality affects political behavior --
The psychopolitics of illness in high office --
Terminal leadership, effects of mortal illness on political behavior --
The impact of crisis-induced stress on policy makers --
The mind of the terrorist --
The loss of enemies: fragmenting identities and ethnic/nationalist hatred in Eastern Europe --
Hate-mongering leaders in the former Yugoslavia: Radovan Karadzic and Slobodan Milosevic --
Narcissism and the charismatic leader-follower relationship --
Fidel Castro, aging revolutionary leader of an aging revolution --
Saddam Hussein, "Saddam is Iraq, Iraq is Saddam" --
Kim Jong II of North Korea, in the shadow of his father --
Concluding observations.
Series Title: Psychoanalysis and social theory.
Responsibility: Jerrold M. Post ; with a foreword by Alexander L. George.
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"Post is a pioneer in the field of political-personality profiling. He may be the only psychiatrist who has specialized in the self-esteem problems of both Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein."-The  Read more...

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