Our toxic political system rewards all the wrong traits and produces the worst possible leaders

ukgovernmentwatch

Anonymous

12 June 2019

“In politics, almost everywhere we see what looks like the externalisation of psychic wounds or deficits. Sigmund Freud claimed that ‘groups take on the personality of the leader’. I think it would be more accurate to say that the private tragedies of powerful people become the public tragedies of those they dominate. For some people, it is easier to command a nation, to send thousands to their deaths in unnecessary wars, to separate children from their families and inflict terrible suffering, than to process their own trauma and pain. What we appear to see in national politics around the world is a playing out in public of deep private distress …

“The psychotherapist Nick Duffell has written of ‘wounded leaders’, who were separated from their families in early childhood when they were sent to boarding school. They develop a ‘survival personality’, learning to cut off their…

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