Denial & minimization of hostile aggression throughout history: A psychoanalytic perspective – Jerome Blackman


From ancient times to the present, leaders and populations have tended to minimize or outrightly deny the danger posed by bad actors who threaten world domination, destruction, and war. The mechanisms are first described theoretically as defensive operations. Then, several historical examples are given of individuals, leaders, and entire populations who used these defensive operations — and their tragic outcomes.

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Dr. Blackman is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk; IPA Training & Supervising Analyst, Washington, DC Contemporary Freudian Society, the author of three books on diagnosis and technique from Routledge, and co-author of two books concerning child development and sexual abusers. He has won the Sabshin Award for Teaching (ApsaA), and served as Distinguished Professor of Mental Health at Shanxi Medical University in Taiyuan, China from 2018-2021. He has also authored numerous papers and book chapters on topics including arrogant philanderers, fear of injury, laziness, and character traits contributing to heart disease.