The Making of Destructive Leaders

The Making of Destructive Leaders – A developmental perspective on pathological narcissism and power

With Professor James Gilligan, Professor Joy Schaverien and Dr Felicity de Zulueta

Recorded Friday 31 July 2020

In a year of multiple crises in many Western democracies, from the Covid-19 pandemic to the uprisings against racism, to the unfolding economic disaster that is a product of austerity, many will be asking the question: what type of person is governing us? This question relates not simply to specific individuals, their political parties and ideologies but to the mental states of those who are supposed to be offering benign leadership.




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Professor James Gilligan
The Trump Syndrome: Narcissistic Rage, Authoritarianism and Violence

Discussion and Q&A

Professor Joy Schaverien
Boarding School Syndrome – Mothers and Other Lovers

Discussion and Q&A

Dr Felicity de Zulueta
The Making of Destructive Leaders

15 minutes for Q&A

Discussion with all speakers