By Blema S. Steinberg
Steinberg makes a speciality of the narcissistic character, picking out it as intensely self-involved and preoccupied with luck and popularity as an alternative for parental love. She asserts that narcissistic leaders are probably to take advantage of strength after they worry being humiliated for failing to behave and once they have to fix their decreased feel of self esteem. delivering case reports of Johnson, Nixon, and Eisenhower, Steinberg describes the youth, maturation, and occupation of every president, documenting key character attributes, after which discusses every one one's Vietnam coverage in mild of those qualities. She contends that Johnson licensed the bombing of Vietnam partly simply because he feared the humiliation that might come from state of being inactive, and that Nixon escalated U.S. intervention in Cambodia partly as a result of his low feel of vainness. Steinberg contrasts those presidents with Eisenhower, who used to be psychologically safe and was once, hence, capable of perform a cautious and considerate research of the matter he confronted in Indochina. disgrace and Humiliation finds how character features impact our belief of truth and gives a strong demonstration of the influence of psychodynamics on presidential selection making.
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I promised that I would be there to protect her always. 13 This memory condensed Johnson's sense of importance and specialness to his mother and confirmed him in the justice of his 30 Shame and Humiliation contempt for his out-of-control father who could not be relied upon to protect his mother. Johnson's own oedipal wishes to replace his father and have his mother to himself seem to have received an important stimulus from his mother's disappointment with his father and her use of Lyndon as a narcissistic object who would repair the wounds she suffered at the hands of her husband.
Then one day my daddy asked me how did it happen that I was the only boy in the neighborhood who had never shot an animal. Was I a coward? The next day I went back into the hills and killed a rabbit. It jumped out at me from behind a bush and I shot it in between the eyes. "24 By the time Lyndon reached grade nine, he had to attend school in the town of Albert, four miles away from home. There he was mocked because, at twelve years old, he still rode a donkey instead of a horse to school. After a while, Sam relented and gave him a pony, but Lyndon would always remember the humiliation.
My younger sister, Josefa, was sitting in her crib behind us crying. I threw the ball straight and fast, but just as it left my hands, Mother moved toward Josefa and stepped right in the path of the ball. She was very pregnant with Sam then. The gi Lyndon Johnson: Humiliated Narcissist ball hit her hard, right in the middle of her stomach, and she lost her balance and fell down. I was terrified at the thought of what I'd done. I was certain that her belly would pop just like a balloon. Later, I found out that she had been even more frightened than me.
Shame and Humiliation: Presidential Decision Making on Vietnam by Blema S. Steinberg