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Affirming Psychosis

The Mass Appeal of Adolf Hitler


Verlag Lang, Peter Frankfurt
Auflage/ Erscheinungsjahr 15.02.2007
Format 21 × 14,8 cm
Einbandart/ Medium/ Ausstattung Paperback
Seiten/ Spieldauer 216 Seiten
Gewicht 290
ISBN 978-3-631-54788-5


35,95 €


Zu diesem Buch

This study emerged out of the collaboration between a psychiatrist, a scholar of cultural studies, and a sociologist. It offers a new response to the reciprocity between the individual and the collective share in the dynamic of Hitler's delusion. Relying on a model of psychosis based on the most recent research on the polarity of the "private" and "public" self, and incorporating, with critical revisions, new literature on the cultural history of the Third Reich, the study demonstrates that Hitler was most certainly a "pathological case," who escaped the clinical consequences only because he had found an audience that stabilized his psychosis through an immense degree of acceptance.

This interdisciplinary approach to psycho-historical Hitler research avoids the dead ends of previous, one-sided psychological or historical efforts and sheds new light on the issues of responsibility with respect to both the dictator and his German helpers.

Aus dem Inhalt

  • The Hitler Enigma 
  • Appeal for a new diagnostic model. Hitler as exemplary case 
  • The development of Hitler's psychosis from a psychodynamic perspective
  • Cultural-historical aspects of Hitler's mania
  • Observations on the question of responsibility.

Über die Autoren

Paul Matussek (1919-2003) was a famous researcher in the field of psychodynamics and psychotic perception; his publications include a study on the consequences of internment in Concentration Camps.

Peter Matussek (born in 1955) is the author of numerous publications on cultural theory and history, including a study on Cultural Memory.

Jan Marbach (born in 1943) has published on sociological themes in Germany and abroad.


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