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The All About Psychology Newsletter, December 2012
December 20, 2012

Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the All About Psychology Newsletter.

In This Edition

Latest News

Psychology Book of The Month

Facebook Faves

Psychology Quote of The Month

Psychology on Pinterest

Psychology Article of The Month

Psychology on Kindle

And Finally

Latest News

Psychology Podcasts

psychology podcasts

(Photo Credit: Oliver Hartmann)

I've just updated the psychology podcast directory where you can access a great collection of quality psychology related audio broadcasts.

Make sure you check out the latest addition to the list - Group Therapy - a panel discussion show which explores the many facets of the human condition.

Each week, a 'confession' is posed to a panel of three commentators (a psychologist, academic and comedian) who come together to explain the universal themes and theories around the problem, offering insights and opinions along the way.

Listeners can expect controversy, combat, sincerity and hilarity. Most of all, expect fascinating, enlightening and academic conversation around what it means to be human.

You can visit the psychology podcast page via the following link.

Psychology Podcasts

Psychology Book of The Month

The psychology book of the month for December is:

A Psychological Analysis of Adolf Hitler By Walter C. Langer

political psychology classic

Book Details

*Newly edited for 2012 and available in paperback for the first time*

In 1943 William Donovan the director of the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) approached Harvard psychologist Walter Langer and asked him to construct a psychological profile of Adolf Hitler.

Despite his reservations regarding the reliability of the data upon which his analysis would be based, Langer set about this unprecedented task by putting together a team of psychologists and researchers. Langer and his research team had just five months to produce their findings, in which time they interviewed key informants who knew Hitler personally and drew upon over 1000 pages of background research from a document known as The Hitler Source Book.

In order to try and understand Hitler as a person and the motivations underlying his actions, Langer presents his psychological profile within five specific sections

1. Hitler as he believes himself to be.

2. Hitler as the German people know him.

3. Hitler as his associated know him.

4. Hitler as he knows himself.

5. Psychological analysis and reconstruction.

Freudianism at its Height

In constructing a psychological analysis of Hitler, Langer drew heavily upon the ideas of Sigmund Freud, most notably the developmental influence of early childhood experiences. As such the report provides the reader with a fascinating window into the mechanics of Freudian analysis. Among the issues discussed within this paradigm are:

  • Hitler's character as influenced by his father.

  • Hitler's mother and her influence.

  • Hitler's attitude towards love, women and marriage.

  • Hitler's early conflicts expressed in symbolic form.

  • The Messiah Complex.

  • Desire for immortality.

  • Hitler's Sexual development.

  • A Classic in The History of Psychology

    Langer's report on Adolf Hitler not only showcased the dominant discourse of psychological analysis at the time, but it also served as the catalyst for the development of political profiling as a discipline.

    Psychology Gets Political

    Without doubt the greatest legacy of Langer's report was the influence it had on the field of political profiling. Dr Jerrold Post cites Langer's analysis of Hitler as the inspiration for the profiling unit he established at the CIA in the 1970s; which would subsequently go on to profile every important world leader up to and including Saddam Hussein.

    In discussing Langer's psychological profile of Hitler during an interview with the BBC, Post stated:

    "We must understand the leaders we are contending with - you can't deter optimally a leader you don't understand - and to relegate be it a Hitler or a Joseph Stalin or a Saddam Hussein to a crazy evil madman really degrades our capacity to deal with them optimally because we're not thinking about what pushes them, what makes them tick."

    While the value of political profiling remains open to question, the seminal importance of Langer's psychological study of Hitler in influencing the discipline is not.

    For details of this publication and all the psychology book of the month entries - see following link.

    Psychology Book of The Month

    Facebook Faves

    Over 71,000 people are now following the All About Psychology facebook page. Among The most "liked" and commented upon posts since the launch of the page was:

    The Hidden Power of Smiling

    Short video presentation by Ron Gutman who reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results.

    You can watch the video on YouTube by Clicking Here

    Thinking About Becoming A Psychology Student?

    See following links to find a psychology school near you.

    Psychology Degrees (USA)

    Online Psychology Degrees (USA)

    Psychology Degrees (UK)

    Psychology Quote of The Month

    psychology Quotes

    Psychology on Pinterest

    psychology on pinterest

    I've started using Pinterest to help me organize and share material from the All About Psychology website and elsewhere online.

    I currently have 23 pinboards up and running which are added to on a regular basis. You can access all the boards via the following link.

    Psychology Article of The Month

    psychology articles

    (Photo Credit: Mark Sebastian - via flickr Creative Commons)

    See following link to read a free full text research article on applications of lucid dreaming.

    Lucid Dreams

    Psychology on Kindle

    The initiative to make important, insightful and classic psychology publications widely available on Kindle is going from strength to strength. Among the most popular titles added are:

    Hierarchy of Needs: A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham Maslow

    Transmission of Aggression Through Imitation of Aggressive Models by Albert Bandura

    Significant Aspects of Client-Centered Therapy by Carl Rogers

    You can view the full psychology on Kindle collection via the following link.

    Psychology on Kindle

    To get the most out of your interest in psychology don't forget to connect with me on facebook, twitter, YouTube and Google+.

    Connect on Facebook

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    Psychology on Google+

    Never Miss A Thing

    In response to a number of requests I've set-up a Psychology Website Update list to keep people informed when new content and resources are added to the site.

    If you would like to join the psychology update list, you can do so via the following link.

    Psychology Website Update List

    For reading the All About Psychology Newsletter.

    Until next time.

    Happy holidays everybody and all the very best for 2013

    Dave Webb BSc (hons), MSc

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