Time Watch Documentary Inside The Mind Of Adolf Hitler describes the Wartime Report commissioned by the OSS ( which later became the CIA) on the psychological profile of Adolf Hitler established by Walter C. Langer. It paved the way for a new discipline in international relations – political psychology.
Inside The Mind Of Adolf Hitler
The Mind of Adolf Hitler, subtitled The Secret Wartime Report, is a book first published in 1972 by Basic Books (the Book). The Book is based on, and contains as its core, a wartime psychoanalytic report (the Wartime Report, which was prepared and submitted to OSS in late 1943/early 1944 and is officially entitled A Psychologial Profile of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend). The Wartime Report, written by psychoanalyst Walter C. Langer, is one of two psychoanalytic reports prepared for the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II in an attempt to assess the personality of Adolf Hitler.The Wartime Report was commissioned by OSS head, William J. “Wild Bill” Donovan, and written by Walter C. Langer in 1943/1944. The Wartime Report is in the public domain and is now available freely on the Internet the other psychoanalytic report is described in the Wikipedia article Analysis of the Personality of Adolph Hitler.
Making ‘Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler’ wasn’t a decision taken lightly. There’s a very vigorous debate among historians about the value of psychological analysis in contributing to the understanding of any historical event. The problem for many is that the psyche of any individual is only one factor in how history unfolds. Moreover, any psychoanalytic approach in the historical context is fraught with difficulty. The primary problem is that the psycho-historian has no direct access to the individual under examination. Therefore, that analysis is fundamentally compromised. It’s essentially second-hand …
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However, to deny the influence of the individual in shaping events is patently not sustainable. For example, the way that Nazi Germany was constructed and organised to some degree reflected Hitler’s personality, drives and desires. How far it was driven by the force of this unique personality is the question. The groundbreaking work of Walter C. Langer, and his team of psychologists paved the way for a new discipline in international relations – political psychology. Its most famous practitioner, Jerrold Post, who contributes to the programme, was inspired by Langer’s analysis of Hitler. In fact he still uses it as a teaching example.
Post worked for the CIA for nearly two decades and was personally cited by President Jimmy Carter as being crucial to the success of the Camp David agreement in the late 1970s. It was Post’s analysis of the two main protagonists in the Middle East, Begin and Sadat that allowed Carter to find a way to bring them together. Post now works in the area of terrorism. His insights into the minds of the bombers have made him a sought-after speaker at conferences and think tanks, and he’s also a regular guest at NATO HQ in Brussels.
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