• Title: Psychopolitics: Conversations with Trevor Cribben Merrill
  • Author: Jean-Michel Oughourlian
  • ISBN: 9781611860535
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Psychopolitics Conversations with Trevor Cribben Merrill For thousands of years political leaders have unified communities by aligning them against common enemies However today than ever the search for common enemies results in anything but unanimity Sca
    For thousands of years, political leaders have unified communities by aligning them against common enemies However, today than ever, the search for common enemies results in anything but unanimity Scapegoats like Saddam Hussein, for example, led to a stark polarization in the United States Renowned neuropsychiatrist and psychologist Jean Michel Oughourlian proposFor thousands of years, political leaders have unified communities by aligning them against common enemies However, today than ever, the search for common enemies results in anything but unanimity Scapegoats like Saddam Hussein, for example, led to a stark polarization in the United States Renowned neuropsychiatrist and psychologist Jean Michel Oughourlian proposes that the only authentic enemy is the one responsible for both everyday frustrations and global dangers, such as climate change ourselves Oughourlian, who pioneered an interdividual psychology with Ren Girard, reveals how all people are bound together in a dynamic, contingent process of imitation, and shows that the same patterns of irrational mimetic desire that bring individuals together and push them apart also explain the behavior of nations.

    One Reply to “Psychopolitics: Conversations with Trevor Cribben Merrill”

    1. The author extends his fine analysis of mimetic desire in individuals (actually in couples or other small groups) in "The Genesis of Desire" to the social matrix of nations states in some interesting ways. I was troubled at first by his bringing in Carl Schmitt & his notorious dictum that a head of state must bring the people together by focusing on a designated enemy, but Oughourlian turned this principle into a plea for heads of state to have the wisdom to designate the enemy as that which [...]

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