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Bing, J.F. (1983). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980: Regulation of Self-Esteem in Some Political Activists. Alan J. Stern and John Rhoads. Pp. 271-289.. Psychoanal Q., 52:143.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980: Regulation of Self-Esteem in Some Political Activists. Alan J. Stern and John Rhoads. Pp. 271-289.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:143

The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980: Regulation of Self-Esteem in Some Political Activists. Alan J. Stern and John Rhoads. Pp. 271-289.

James F. Bing

One of the ways by which some individuals endeavor to regulate their self-esteem is to become political activists. The authors attempt to differentiate between individuals with narcissistic character structures and those with neurotic characters. Their study is based on data from five people involved in local politics, obtained in a series of ten to fourteen one-hour interviews stretching over a two-month period. The authors conclude that narcissistically oriented people with "self disorders" are not successful in raising their self-esteem through their political involvement. Neurotic individuals with more stable identifications have a greater degree of success. They further conclude that since the number of narcissistically oriented people is on the rise, politics is going to suffer. The conclusions of the study are interesting, but seem to exceed what could be expected from the limitations of the methodology.

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Bing, J.F. (1983). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980. Psychoanal. Q., 52:143

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