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A Psychoanalytic Look at Mass Society

Series: Heritage
In this study Dr. Schiffer explores the sources and ingredients of the power of charisma. He theorizes that the image of the idealized man or charismatic leader is created by the populace at large.

Author Information


Irvine Schiffer is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School and of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a research professor in the Department of Political Economy and a professor of Applied Psychoanalysis at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. He is also president of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (Ontario) and associate director of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (Canada).


Paul G. Myerson, M.D., Past President:

‘This study is erudite, challenging…lively…particularly pertinent at a time when there are major crises of leadership in most of the world.’

Leo Rangell, M.D., Past President:

‘…a work bridging two fields and larger than its title…a significant contribution to the virgin terrain of psycho-politics…extraordinary in its width and depth…penetrates to the deepest understanding of genetic origins. In an imaginative adventure of original thinking, the author carries us a step below the rock-bottom level of Freud’s Totem and Taboo and speculates on an earliest matriarchal phase in primitive man…at the other end, he throws light on the role played by the people in the leader-led relationship without which this dual interplay can never be understood.’

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;