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Malignant Narcissism and Power: A Psychodynamic Exploration of Madness and Leadership

Malignant Narcissism and Power: A Psychodynamic Exploration of Madness and Leadership (Hardback)

By Zeiders, Charles
By Devlin, Peter

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  • Pub Date
    10 Jan 20

Using psychodynamic theory and riveting case material, this book dissects the figure of the malignant narcissist leader (MNL). Across the world today, individuals and societies are impacted by unprecedented disruptive influences, from globalization and climate change to economic ...uncertainty and mass migration. The rise of populists and would-be saviours have promised certainty for anxious populations, but how far are such leaders suffering from the MNL pathology? Through the psychoanalytic lens of Otto Kernberg, the authors explain the etiology of the charismatic MNL's clinical features: charisma, grandiosity, criminality, sadism, and paranoia. The book outlines the limitations and complexity of diagnosis, contextualizing the MNL within the transcendental and millenarian movements, and discusses the patho-dynamics of high-pressure groups and totalitarian regimes, including: types of groups, methods of mind control, categories of constituents, the corporate totalitarian state, and the authoritarian demagogue. The book looks at a wide range of leaders including Donald Trump, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Roger Ailes, Keith Raniere, Jan of Leiden, and Credonia Mwerinde. Distinguishing the disordered personality of the MNL from other personality disorders, and presenting a new model of overlapping descriptors to categorize high-pressure group types and identifying types of followers as well, this book represents essential reading for psychodynamically-minded psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, sociologists, political scientists, and those working in organizational development.
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ISBN 9780367279639
Released NZ 10 Jan 2020
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780367279639
Stock Release date is 10 January 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 10 Jan 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Zeiders, Charles
By Devlin, Peter
Category Organizational Theory & Behaviour
Number of Pages 180
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
ONIX Text College/higher education