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History of Psychology Centre seminar: Narcissism in the Age of Trump

08 November 2016

Professor Elisabeth Lunbeck will propose that one explanation for the rise of Donald Trump is the ways in which he mobilises his narcissism to connect to his followers and hold out the promise of participating in his greatness.

How can we explain the improbable appeal of Donald Trump to a wide swath of the American populace?

That is the question to be addressed by Professor Elisabeth Lunbeck from Harvard University in the latest History of the Psychological Disciplines Seminar.

Professor Lunbech will propose that one explanation may be found in the ways in which Trump mobilises his narcissism – evident in his charisma and grandiosity as well as in a primitive inner world characterised by rage and envy – to connect to his followers and to effect their submission to him, holding out the promise of participating in his greatness.

Drawing on psychoanalytic writings on malignant narcissism and on leadership, she will offer a framework for beginning to understand his phenomenal rise.

The seminar will take place on Monday 21 November (6-7.30pm) at:

Institute of Advanced Studies
Ground Floor,  South Wing
Wilkins Building, UCL
Gower Street, London
WC1E 6BT

Advance registration is not required.

For more information about the seminar email Professor Sonu Shamdasani.

The History of the Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series is organised by the British Psychological Society History of Psychology Centre in conjunction with UCL's Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines.

You can read more about the personality profiles of the two US Presidential candidates on our Research Digest blog.

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