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QAnon, Trumpism and the Nature of Man

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How do QAnon and “Querdenker” come about? What explains the pursuit of money and power? Is this in the nature of man? In applying the psychoanalytic method to society, we find answers.

Fromm's social society was key to understanding how Nazism could become so successful in Germany in the 1930s. The underlying characterology can also make movements like QAnon easier to understand today. To this end, sociology is complemented by psychoanalysis, which is dedicated to uncovering subconscious urges.

Just as one cannot properly understand psychological problems without their social and cultural background, one cannot understand social phenomena without knowing their underlying psychological mechanisms.

Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom

As a supplement to the lecture Addiction in the Digital Realm, which partly draws on Erich Fromm's Analytic Social Psychology, I will give the lecture Introduction to Erich Fromm's Analytic Social Psychology for the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. The target audience is prospective psychoanalysts, - nonetheless the lecture is public and can be listened to by anyone interested. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, will start at 9:35, will last 90 minutes, and will be given in English.

Analytical social psychology, then, means: understanding the [...] largely unconscious attitudes of a group from its socioeconomic structure.

- Erich Fromm, On Method and Task of Analytical Social Psychology. Remarks on Psychoanalysis and Historical Materialism

In this lecture we will discuss what analytical social psychology is needed for and what questions it can answer. We will see how economic, ideological and psychological factors shape the social character as opposed to the individual character. For this purpose, Fromm's characterology will be introduced and, among other things, the authoritarian character. We will also discuss the resulting implications for therapy.

Those interested can register for the lecture by emailing

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