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The unmourned wound: Reflections on the psychology of Adolf Hitler.
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PMID:  24264456     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Fifty years after his death by suicide, Adolf Hitler continues to arouse profound feelings of revulsion and attraction. This paper is an exploration of Hitler's psyche from the perspective of a depth psychology. After examining analyses of Hilter's personality by Richard Rubenstein and Alice Miller, the argument is made that we need C.G. Jung's concept of psychic inflation to understand more fully Hitler's impact upon the world. Hitler is seen as inflated by the compensating energies of the Self in response to his deeply wounded ego, a wound he could not mourn. Consequently, he became identified with the dark and destructive energies of the Self which inflated and then usurped his ego. Hitler's demonic and destructive career resulted from that inflation, which he was not able to neutralize. The paper concludes with reflections on the role of mourning in protecting us from the experience of psychic inflation, especially by the Self in its dark and destructive aspects.
Donald R Ferrell
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Title:  Journal of religion and health     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1573-6571     ISO Abbreviation:  J Relig Health     Publication Date:  1995 Sep 
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Created Date:  2013-11-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  2985199R     Medline TA:  J Relig Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  175-198     Citation Subset:  -    
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