Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World: The Psychology of Political Behavior / Edition 1

Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World: The Psychology of Political Behavior / Edition 1

by Jerrold M. Post
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801441692

ISBN-13: 9780801441691

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"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 New Yorker "Policy specialists and academic scholars have long agreed that for U.S. leaders to deal effectively with other actors in the international arena, they need…  See more details below

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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 New Yorker "Policy specialists and academic scholars have long agreed that for U.S. leaders to deal effectively with other actors in the international arena, they need images of their adversaries. Leaders must try to see events, and, indeed, their own behavior, from the perspective of opponents. . . . Faulty images are a source of misperceptions and miscalculations that have often led to major errors in policy, avoidable catastrophes, and missed opportunities. History supplies all too many examples."—from the ForewordWhat 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 personality and political behavior.Post was founding director of the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior for the CIA. He developed the political personality profiles of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat for President Jimmy Carter's use at the Camp David talks and initiated the U.S. government's research program on the psychology of political terrorism. He was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit in 1979 for his leadership of the center.In this book, he draws on psychological and personality theories, as well as interviews with individual terrorists and those who have interacted with particular leaders, to discuss a range of issues: the effects of illness and age on a leader's political behavior; narcissism and the relationship between followers and a charismatic leader; the impact of crisis-induced stress on policymakers; the mind of the terrorist, with a consideration of "killing in the name of God"; and the need for enemies and the rise of ethnic conflict and terrorism in the post-Cold War environment. The leaders he discusses include Fidel Castro, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, and Slobodan Milosevic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801441691
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Psychoanalysis and Social Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
19/11: The Explosive Force of Personality and Political Behavior1
2When Personality Affects Political Behavior11
3The Psychopolitics of Illness in High Office50
4Terminal Leadership: Effects of Mortal Illness on Political Behavior68
5The Impact of Crisis-Induced Stress on Policy Makers100
6The Mind of the Terrorist123
7The Loss of Enemies: Fragmenting Identities and Ethnic/Nationalist Hatred in Eastern Europe162
8Hate-Mongering Leaders in the Former Yugoslavia: Radovan Karadzic and Slobodan Milosevic172
9Narcissism and the Charismatic Leader-Follower Relationship187
10Fidel Castro: Aging Revolutionary Leader of an Aging Revolution200
11Saddam Hussein: "Saddam Is Iraq, Iraq Is Saddam"210
12Kim Jong Il of North Korea: In the Shadow of His Father239
13Concluding Observations259
AppThe Role of Political Personality Profiles in the Camp David Summit265
Notes273
References281
Index293

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