aside Hitler’s Psychological Profile Eerily Resembles That Of Another Leader In Today’s Times

I found the following information by accident on Wikipedia. I was looking up anything referencing an authoritarian leader’s penchant towards frequent lying when I came across the following reference to Hitler’s psychological profile. It was an interesting read as it reminded me of the US President Trump of today. Below, I footnoted work by Walter C. Langer,  “A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend.”

Of course President Donald J. Trump is not at all like Hitler in multiple ways but this psychological profile indicates some similarities in leadership styles.

Usage in Hitler’s psychological profile[edit] Source: Wikipedia

The phrase was also used in a report prepared during the war by the United States Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler’s psychological profile:

His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

With 5 deferments to serve in military. Money can buy you anything with the right connections.

The above quote appears in the Nizkor Project’s site though the source document is not cited. The quote does not appear in the report, A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend, by Walter C. Langer with collaboration by Henry Murray, Ernst Kris and Bertram Lewin, which is available from the US National Archives, though it does appear, unreferenced, on page 57 in Langer’s ebook by the same title (without mention of the collaborators on his previous work). A somewhat similar quote — “never to admit a fault or wrong; never to accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time; blame that enemy for everything that goes wrong; take advantage of every opportunity to raise a political whirlwind” — appears on page 219 in a different report also available from the US National Archive, namely, Analysis of the Personality of Adolph Hitler: With Predictions of His Future Behaviour and Suggestions for Dealing with Him Now and After Germany’s Surrender, by Henry A. Murray, October 1943 though Murray’s work is neither referenced in Langer’s ebook nor in the Hitler’s Source-Book compiled by Langer and upon which his ebook heavily depends.

Link : A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend, by Walter C. Langer via “a psychological analysis of adolph hitler his life and legend – CIA”

Related Article: Donald Trump using Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ playbook, says world expert on Nazileader/Independent ...2/8/17

20 comments

  1. Gronda, I normally avoid Hitler comparisons, as it is a common weapon to use against others often when not relevant. Yet, some of the quotes are eery. If we set that aside and focus on what Trump’s five biographers say we can paint this picture:
    – a man whose mentor was Roy Cohn who advised Senator Joe McCarthy of communist witch hunt fame. Cohn told Trump two pieces of advice – never admit you were wrong and sue everyone;
    – we have Trump’s own words how it is nice to be powerful as he can grope beautiful women or walk in on unclothed beauty pageant contestants which jive with the 15 or so accusations against him;
    – we have over 4,000 Trump lawsuits supporting Cohn’s advice;
    – we have a recorded 69% “mostly false or worse” untruthful rate per Politifacts; and
    – we have a constant barrage of insults, demonization and lies about anyone or anything that stands in his way.

    One of my favorite Trump metaphors is when he finally has a press conference to admit Obama was born here, he blamed Hillary Clinton for the birther stories. Really?

    Keith

    • Gronda, let me add another metaphor which combines two things. Trump cannot even tell the truth about the number of bankruptcies he has had. He has had six, with the last one occurring in 2009. He said during the debates he had four. There with just four in the 1990s, but he had two in the 2000s. I guess he feels four bad things are better than six. Keith

      • Dear Keith,

        I believe that as rampant as his lies are, he is capable of telling the truth. This is the reason that he wants to avoid a interview with the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III at all costs. He doesn’t want to have to invoke his fifth amendment rights where he is not obligated to testify against himself but if he tells the truth, he hangs himself.

        Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Keith,

      It is not cool to refer to Hitler cavalierly, but this quote from archives on Hitler hit home for me “never to admit a fault or wrong; never to accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time; blame that enemy for everything that goes wrong; take advantage of every opportunity to raise a political whirlwind.”

      There is a March 1990 Vanity Fair edition that contains the following passage:

      “Donald Trump appears to take aspects of his German background seriously. John Walter works for the Trump Organization, and when he visits Donald in his office, Ivana told a friend, he clicks his heels and says, “Heil Hitler,” possibly as a family joke.”

      Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.”

      “Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.”

      “Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”

      “I don’t remember,” I said”.

      “Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)

      Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”

      Here’s the reference, “Donald and Ivana Trump’s Divorce: The Full Story | Vanity Fair”

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Gronda, I was not finding fault. I just see too many people who used Hitler with Obama on the ACA. That was as big a stretch as I can find. Too many use it as a shortcut to criticize something. Your context is far different as you are so diligent in your study and comments. I find that your positions are based on research and experience. I guess I was trying to be more evenhanded, as when I see someone, unlike you pull out the Hitler or Nazi label, they usually don’t have much to back up their namecalling. The similarities between the two are eery, but they are also eery with Nixon and Trump. Keith

  2. Super post, Gronda! I wonder how Hitler would have dealt with the restrictions of the US Constitution. We know he ran roughshod over the German Constitution, but Germany had no real history as a democratic country. The people were used to despots – plus the fact that the German economy was in total chaos. Although Trump is not as stupid as some portray him, he does not have the intellect of Hitler.

    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      Thanks for your gracious feedback.

      President Trump is no Hitler but I suspect that he may be a fan of Hitler’s work. There is a reference that hints at this “Donald and Ivana Trump’s Divorce: The Full Story | Vanity Fair” which was published in March 1990.

      Hitler would have been so frustrated by the resistance of the US peoples. He would have been sending soldiers to round us up but then he would be faced with lots of 2nd amendment believers who would give up their guns only over their own dead bodies.

      Of course, this explains why our president is so frustrated and angry.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Bone chilling post, Gronda. I have long made comparisons between Hitler and Trump, but as John said, Trump has a few things against him if he were to wish to become another Hitler: the U.S. Constitution, the 2nd Amendment (which I despise, but in this case could come in handy) and a lack of intelligence, though he would claim otherwise. I like to think the military would never tolerate being used as Hitler used the German military, but it seems that the generals are giving in to Trump’s wishes more these days. Whether he has Hitler-esque ambitions or not, I think it is obvious that he sees himself as an autocrat rather than a president, and that is disturbing, to say the least. Thanks for sharing this information.

  4. Dear Jill,

    I make the comparisons because while the two men are not at all the same, there are similarities that are worth noting. There is an article that I have read before which adds more light to this topic. I just added a link in this post to the 2/8/17 Independent article, Donald Trump using Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ playbook, says world expert on Nazi leader.”

    There are passages that raise one’s hairs like:

    “Hitler’s method was to lie until he got what he wanted, by which point it was too late,” Mr Rosenbaum said, adding there is no comparison between Hitler and Mr Trump in terms of scale. But, he said, it was important to see that, like Hitler, Mr Trump is “defining mendacity down” by normalising lies and lowering expectations of truthfulness.

    “While marchers and the courts have put up a fight after the Muslim ban, each new act, each new lie, accepted by default, seems less outrageous,” Mr Rosenbaum said. “Let’s call it what it is: defining mendacity down.”

    The author continued with a caution: “Trump’s outrageous conduct and shamelessly lying mouth seemed so ridiculous we wouldn’t have to take him seriously. Until we did.”

    Mr Rosenbaum continued: “He saw that this tactic of playing the fool, the Chaplinesque clown, had worked over and over again, worked like a charm. It kept the West off balance. They consistently underestimated him and were divided over his plans”

    “Cut to the current election. We had heard allegations that Trump kept Hitler’s speeches by his bedside, but somehow we normalised that.

    “We didn’t take him seriously because of all the outrageous, clownish acts and gaffes we thought would cause him to drop out of the race.

    “Except these gaffes were designed to distract. This was his secret strategy, the essence of his success — you can’t take a stand against Trump because you don’t know where Trump is standing.

    “You can’t find him guilty of evil, you can’t find him at all. And the tactics worked. Trump was not taken seriously, which allowed him to slip by the normal standards for an American candidate. The mountebank won. Again.”

    Hugs, Gronda

  5. Fascinating comparison, yet hardly surprising. Hitler was winning the hearts and minds of a disenfranchised ppl, he was shrewd and intelligent, capitalizing on economic, political & social turmoil of the times.

    Yes there are similarities, the conditions were ripe then as it is now. However, Trump is no Hilter, doesn’t have the IQ and charisma to pull it off. Not to mention half the nation hates his guts and will never support his warped ambitions/ delusions. I not worried about Trump at all, come midterm elections he’ll be impeached soon enough!

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      There are some similarities which gives us food for thought, but that is as far as I go. There is now lots of resistance to the president’s way of doing business by republicans outside of the White House, the US Congress and those in the far right media outlets.

      Remember when polls say the president’s base= 33-40% that leaves the majority of us from 60%-67% who are not fans of the president. The president has power because that 33-40% represents his republican party. And they are losing ground.

      Hugs, Gronda

  6. Trump is different yet similar. The man we have to worry about, the man pulling trump’s strings is far more dangerous and cunning. He understands that if you tell as many lies as possible in as many ways as possible you can subvert the enemies’ sense of reality and even convince him you’re on his side. There are tells when you are reading Kremlin propaganda but most people don’t look for them; we read without reading. Consider the Kremlin premise that there is no truth; it’s absurd yet it is repeated all over social media and for most people it becomes a possibility, but only if one concede that humans don’t forge democratic social contracts based on agreed upon facts (truth) about the human condition. Putin is far more dangerous than Trump, he has managed to wage war on America, and America still can’t see it. As long as Trump is President, the Government of the United States is the occupied territory of a morally corrupt Russian tyrant who is one of the most dangerous men on Earth.

    • Dear Rob,

      Your analysis has merit. You, I and others have been sounding the alarms for months that this president looks, acts, talks and enacts policies as if he is indeed a Russian asset, and that the president’s republican sycophants in the White House and the US Congress have been aiding and abetting a Russian asset in the White House.

      This laissez-faire attitude by the president and his cronies towards Russia’s continuing attacks on our country is unacceptable, and amounts to their dereliction of duty.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Let’s look at this as Putin might see it:

        If Trump is a Russian Puppet his behaviors are normal and expected.

        Every thing he says and does weakens of our political system; that’s
        his job.

        If the majority of Trump’s enablers are co-conspirators then their lasses-
        fair attitudes are part of the Russian assault on our democracy and are
        therefore normal under conditions of war as Putin has re-defined it.

        Yes they are traitors and if American ever gets around to realizing that
        it is at war I hope we prosecute them for treason.

        From Putin’s perspective Trump and the GOP are not derelict in their
        duty; they are fulfilling their duty.

  7. Dear 1EarthUnited,

    Thanks a million for sharing this reference. I am hoping that the DACA dreamers get taken care of and that that there is no shutdown where there is the game of finger-pointing begins as to which party is at fault.

    Hugs, Gronda

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