The Charismatic Personality by Len Oakes

By Len Oakes

The concept a unmarried individual can swap the process international locations, peoples, and events throughout the strength in their personal character is anything many may well locate attention-grabbing and greater than a bit frightening. In his most recent booklet psychologist Len Oakes attracts on a variety of disciplines together with theology, heritage, sociology and psychoanalysis to discover a character so diversified from the overall inhabitants that it really is used by  Read more...

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His arrogance and refusal to apologise further outraged the public against him. When a report into his failures only partly exonerated him he attacked it vociferously, churlishly casting aspersions at its author who, because he had unexpectedly died on the eve of the release of the report, was unable to defend himself, although the report was very fair to Churchill. This made him even more unpopular. He may have become suicidal at this point; he wrote a letter to Clementine outlining the terms of his will, and he added, ‘Don’t grieve for me too much.

Rather, an extremely devoted and idealising mother whose ‘baby worship’ has already created a child with very high self-esteem (Freud’s famous phrase, ‘his majesty the baby’ expresses the sense of this), maintains her intense involvement long past the time when primary narcissism would usually break down. What likely happens is that an anxious, insecure, unhappy or driven mother pours all her hopes and dreams, disappointments and frustrations into her child, praising him, stimulating him and ensuring that he always feels especially loved.

Quite why children from very similar backgrounds develop differently is seldom clear, and may involve subtle differences that are beyond the current ability of psychology to measure, though it happens all the time. Both of Kohut’s scenarios are also quite ‘normal’, albeit they are distortions of a normal process. In the first, the normal ‘optimal failure’ of the underinvolved or inconsistently involved parents gets magnified to intolerable levels, forcing another quite normal process, the myth-making that we all do, into narcissistic directions.

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