In this extraordinary book, Vamik Volkan brings together his experience as psychoanalyst, consultant to diplomats, and mobiliser of troubled communities. Step by step, with focused examples and evocative principles, he lays out a readily graspable roadmap to the irrational behaviour of large groups. This book should be required reading for those who have to deal with our society’s chaos: diplomats, politicians, and all the rest of us who worry about our future."
"This book is another brilliant contribution to the literature by Vamik Volkan. Volkan’s emphasis on deeply repressed unconscious affects, representations, and identity in large groups and their leaders permits an effective understanding of their enormous power. His vast personal experience and knowledge of historical context instruct the reader on the critical importance of time, trust, and language in the evolution of group dynamics. A masterful and original interdisciplinary creation, Volkan’s work will be of great value to diplomats, political scientists, historians, and psychoanalysts who seek to understand large group behaviour."
"Dr Volkan’s book is an outstanding and much-needed contribution to psychoanalytic large-group psychology theory. Starting from his deep understanding of the individual human mind, he integrates the concepts of ethnicity, ideology, and religion in the psychology of large group and individual identity, and demonstrates how these concepts influence groups’ and individual’s interaction with leaders. His extraordinary insights will be an essential tool to statesmen, diplomats, political scientists, mental health professionals, and psychoanalysts interested in understanding the unconscious psychodynamics of national and international group conflict and resolution. Dr Volkan’s expansion of psychoanalytic group psychology theory applied to politics and international relations makes him the father of psychoanalytic political psychology."