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

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Studying the often mercurial and destructive relationship between leaders and their followers, the author applies his knowledge of depth psychology to the cauldrons of greatest unrest throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East--and illuminates the psychological bases of war, revolution, massacres and terror, offering insight into the minds of Osama bin Laden, David Koresh and other destructive leaders.
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Studying the often mercurial and destructive relationship between leaders and their followers, the author applies his knowledge of depth psychology to the cauldrons of greatest unrest throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East--and illuminates the psychological bases of war, revolution, massacres and terror, offering insight into the minds of Osama bin Laden, David Koresh and other destructive leaders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972887533
  • Publisher: Pitchstone LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 0.68 (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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