Blind Trust: Large Groups and Their Leaders in Times of Crisis and Terror

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Blind Trust is the culmination of more than three decades of profound immersion in the most pressing sociopolitical conflicts of our time, by the psychoanalyst with probably the most direct experience with such issues of any in the world. Author Vamik Volkan applies his knowledge of depth psychology to the turbulent and destructive human experiences in the current cauldrons of the greatest unrest and disaster throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Illuminating the etiologic bases of war, revolution, ...
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Blind Trust: Large Groups and Their Leaders in Times of Crisis and Terror

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Overview


Blind Trust is the culmination of more than three decades of profound immersion in the most pressing sociopolitical conflicts of our time, by the psychoanalyst with probably the most direct experience with such issues of any in the world. Author Vamik Volkan applies his knowledge of depth psychology to the turbulent and destructive human experiences in the current cauldrons of the greatest unrest and disaster throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Illuminating the etiologic bases of war, revolution, massacres, and terror, as these have disturbed the world from ancient times to modern civilization, his voice speaks for the imperative of reason and the application of modern analytic knowledge for conflict resolution at the highest levels. The subjects are large groups and their leaders: windows into the lives of the Prophet Muhammad, Stalin, Milosevic, Osama Bin Laden, and David Koresh are interspersed with examinations of religion and fundamentalism and a sober study of suicide attackers. Volkan’s detailed and scholarly description of regressive movements in large-group identities, complemented by an equal attention to progressive and creative reparative forces, represents a significant expansion of our understanding of group psychology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972887526
  • Publisher: Pitchstone LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Vamik Volkan, an emeritus professor of psychiatry and founder of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction at the University of Virginia, has been a member of the Carter Center’s International Negotiation Network and an Inaugural Rabin Fellow at the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies in Tel Aviv. He is the author of numerous books, including Blood Lines and The Need to Have Enemies and Allies. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: From the Couch to the Negotiating Table 11
Part 1 Large-group psychology
1. The Seven Threads of Large-Group Identity 23
2. Regression: Plunging Back Into a World of Fear and Desire 56
3. Rituals That Bind People Together 88
Part 2 Psychology of religious fundamentalism
4. From Waco to the Bamian Valley 113
5. From the Bamian Valley to Iraq 139
Part 3 Leadership and personality
6. "A Decisive Trifle" 171
7. Force of Narcissism 189
8. Leaders as Teachers 215
Part 4 A case study
9. Albania: From Regression to Progression 233
Coda 260
Acknowledgments 263
Notes 265
Bibliography 331
Index 351
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