A psychology of charisma: the prophet

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dc.contributor.advisor Kirkwood, Barry en
dc.contributor.advisor Crothers, Charles en
dc.contributor.author Oakes, Len en
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-30T10:27:18Z en
dc.date.available 2007-07-30T10:27:18Z en
dc.date.issued 1992 en
dc.identifier THESIS 92-229 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Psychology)--University of Auckland, 1992 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/1163 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract Since Max Weber (1968a) introduced the term "charisma" to social science approximately 70 years ago, research into this construct has been carried out mostly in the fields of sociology, politics, and management studies. Much of this research has explored Weber's (1968a) theory without actually investigating the kind of individuals and groups on which his theory is based, ie: prophetic revolutionary movements. Recently psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut (1976) has proposed a psychological account of charisma which may usefully complement Weber's (1968a) theory. This study uses Kohut's (1976) theory to investigate the psychology of prophet figures, ie: charismatic leaders of communal, "New Age," quasi-therapeutic, and alternative religious groups. 14 such leaders were studied and quantitative and qualitative data was gathered from them and their followers. This resulted in (a) a composite personality profile of eleven of the leaders; (b) measurement of a very close agreement between them and their followers concerning descriptions of the leaders; and (c) identification of a six-stage developmental sequence through which such leaders pass in their prophetic careers. The six-stage developmental sequence is discussed in detail and its component parts analysed. A theory of the motivation of charismatic followers is presented. The outline of a psychological theory of charisma is presented and some sociological considerations are discussed. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA9947172214002091 en
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dc.title A psychology of charisma: the prophet en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en


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