Blind Faith- Vamık Volkan

First of all, I wanted the book to not end so badly. Volkan started this work by explaining how the large group was formed (explained as 7 loops in the book). He explained how he served the world of fear and desire as a form of “regression”. We see how regression divides individuals in the group into “us and them”. He examined the constructive and destructive aspects of rituals that bind people together, presented a psychoanalytic perspective on how fundamentalism led to decline and the impact of fundamentalism on suicidal acts and devastating events in the world. How do obsessive paranoid borderline and pathological narcissistic leaders influence societies? By asking the question, he examined the influence of leaders in society, revealing the constructive or destructive effects of leaders’ personalities on group psychology. Among the leaders he examined; There is the Prophet Muhammad, Stalin, Milosevic, Bush, Osama Bin Laden, David Koresh, Hitler and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. We have the opportunity to see clearly how the childhood lives of these leaders were and how this life is reflected in their future leadership characteristics.

“Perhaps the most striking and comprehensive study of psychoanalytic mass psychology since Freud’s original debut.” -Leo Rangel, Honorary President of the International Psychoanalytic Association

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