Politics and Psychology

Contemporary Psychodynamic Perspectives

  • Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Political Leadership

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Leanne Domash, Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg
      Pages 3-10
    3. Richard M. Zuckerberg
      Pages 11-22
    4. Domenico Arturo Nesci
      Pages 43-60
  3. Presidential Profiles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Spyros D. Orfanos
      Pages 63-81
    3. Theodore Otto Windt Jr.
      Pages 83-98
    4. Paul H. Elovitz, Glen Jeansonne
      Pages 99-116
    5. Betty Glad, Brian Whitmore
      Pages 117-142
    6. Paul H. Elovitz, Mohammed Shaalan
      Pages 143-173
  4. A Global Village?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Lloyd deMause
      Pages 177-184
    3. Luitgard N. Wundheiler
      Pages 185-206
    4. Olga Marlin, Nancy Smith
      Pages 207-228
  5. Making War, Making Peace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Rita R. Rogers
      Pages 231-237
    3. Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg
      Pages 239-251
    4. Samuel P. Oliner
      Pages 277-301
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 303-313

About this book


The world is a different place today.* Much of this has to do with the increasing volume and clarity of the people's collective voice. The power and pressing desire in man for autonomy, self-determination, and change are emerging as a demand. As a consequence, Communist governments are giving way to democratic re­ structuring, Europe is being recrafted, and the Cold War is slowly thawing. Simultaneously, back home, our government is becoming increasingly bogged down by media-created political images and psychodramas lacking in substance and value-the degree of exposure somehow determined more by commercial appeal (inherent sensationalism) than merit. The newborn child (Le., the budding democracies) is looking eagerly to Uncle Sam as a role model: throughout the world, people are quoting our political scriptures, our proclamations, our Bill of Rights, and yet as models we seem sorely lacking. Given this climate, this book intends to address a number of contemporary themes: the role of the media-symbolization, idealization, and projection---on political choice; the roles of group fantasy; and the more rational force of II group governance" on political elections; the personalities of our presidents and leaders, their psychic vulnerabilities, their public versus private personas and how this division interacts with the complex unraveling of historical events (for example, Jimmy Carter's response to crises in Afghanistan and Iran, Michael Dukakis and the 1988 campaign, George Bush's emergence as president, John F. Kennedy and his private versus public personas, Anwar Sadat as myth and symbol).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychoanalytic Society of the Postdoctoral Program, Inc.New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Brooklyn Institute for Psychotherapy and PsychoanalysisBrooklynUSA
  3. 3.Yeshiva University Clinical Program and National Institute for the PsychotherapiesNew YorkUSA

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