Session 12: Personality and Politics
Political Psychology addresses the nexus between politics and psychology – what leads leaders to lead, followers to follow? How can ordinary people perpetrate extraordinary evil? This symposium will survey the field of political psychology, the inter-discipline concerned with the connection between political and psychological processes. Consideration will be given to influences on political behavior from the perspective of the individual, the group, the organization, and the nation-state. Special consideration will be given to crisis decision making, the psychology of international conflict, and the need for enemies.
Monday Political and clinical personality types; Transactional leadership; Transformational leadership; Charismatic leader-follower relationships
Tuesday Groupthink and crisis decision making; Psychopolitics of hatred; Destructive obedience and genocide
This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.
(1) Review the psychology of political leadership and leader-follower relationships
(2) Compare the typology of leader personalities and the manner they influence decision making
(3) Identify how political socialization impacts the development of political identity from the psychobiographic perspective
(4) Discuss the psychology of international conflict and how it influences decision making
Jerrold Post, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Political Psychology, and International Affairs at George Washington University. Prior to his position there, he had a 21-year career with the CIA, where he founded and directed the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior, providing assessments of foreign leadership and decision making for the President and other senior officials to prepare for high level negotiations and for use in crisis situations. Dr. Post is author of several books including, Narcissism and Politics: Dreams of Glory, and The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda.
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ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 8 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
APA Credit for Psychololgists:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Attendance at all sessions is required, partial credit will not be awarded.
This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
- 8.00 AAFPAAFP credit.
- 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 8.00 APAAPA credit.
- 8.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.