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Post, J.M. (2008). Kim Jong-Il of North Korea: In the Shadow of His Father†. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 5(3):191-210.

(2008). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 5(3):191-210

Kim Jong-Il of North Korea: In the Shadow of His Father

Jerrold M. Post, M.D.

This paper explores the political personality of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Il, particularly in the context of his succession from his father, the founding leader Kim Il-Sung. Drawing upon what is known of Kim Jong-Il's childhood and family life, the paper examines the key personality formations that have shaped his political persona and leadership style, particularly his narcissism, paranoia and lack of empathy. Eccentric, reclusive and self-indulgent, Kim is depicted as an emotionally volatile, narcissistic personality who indulges in hedonistic behavior while ignoring the privations of his people.

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