Psychodynamic Influences In Adolf Hitler's Personality

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The development of personality in humanity is something of wonder. Some people are docile, genteel extroverted, while others are rude, introverted and angry. Some people are polite and calm in their early childhood and then they grow into adults becoming sociopaths. Adolf Hitler is one of those people. As a younger child he was mild mannered and as he developed he became an angry and negative. Pursuing a prejudiced and murderous approach to those, he deemed responsible for his and societies problems. Studying his personality through the eyes of several theories, we can determine certain traits he had, what psychodynamic influences may have played a role in his personality, and how his social context influenced his personality and behaviors. Hitler Hitler was born in April of 1889. His father was a hardworking customs official, who was punctual, precise, and very violent. He would often…show more content…
196) But he did make the distinction “that emotionally healthy adult are not tied to or driven by childhood conflicts” (Schultz & Schultz, 2017, p.203) This does not seem to be the case for Hitler. He seems to display the similar traits that his father had, being violently disposed, meticulous and precise, yet cold and detached. According to a post humus assessment by Coolidge& Segal (2007), they found that “Hitler probably reached criterion for the paranoid (T score M=79.8), antisocial (T score M=79.1), narcissistic (T score M=78.4), and sadistic (T score M=76.8) personality disorders. On Axis I, the consensus profile revealed that Hitler had many schizophrenic traits or features, including excessive grandiosity and aberrant and psychotic thinking” (p. 2). The traits that Hitler exhibits are the exact opposite of what Allport would describe as traits an emotionally mature adult would have, and are traits that are exhibited by an adult who is emotionally unhealthy
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