Individual presentation:
• Jerome Blackman: Superego Variations in Genocidal Leaders: Fanatics vs. Psychopaths (60 min)

Abstract: Based on my previous presentation, “denial of danger throughout history,” in this paper, I will take a deeper look at the type of superego that allows leaders to become genocidal. I plan to examine the belief systems of Hamas, Hezbollah, and their Iranian terror masters, and compare and contrast the value system of leaders such as Vladimir Putin, Idi Amin Dada, and of course, Hitler. There are areas in superego functioning to be found in leaders such as William J., Clinton and Michael Gorbachev.

Bio: Jerome S. Blackman, M.D., FIPA, is professor of clinical psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk; Training and Supervising Analyst with the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington DC; Faculty member at the Object Relations Institute in New York, and invited lecturer at Icahn Mt Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He is past Distinguished Professor of Mental Health (2018 – 2021) through Harvard – Shanxi Medical University in Taiyuan, China, twice past President of the Virginia Psychoanalytic society, and past President of the American College of psychoanalysts. His honors include the Edith Sabin MD award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author of five books, including 101 Defenses: How the Mind Shield Itself (his first) and Developmental Evaluation of Children and Adolescents: A Psychodynamic Guide (co-author, 2023).

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