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The Case Study of Adolf Hitler

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Courtney VanCamp

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Adolf Hitler Malignant Narcissism Narcissistic Personality Disorder
(NPD) Interesting Facts Malignant Narcissism The Early Years Diagnosis Treatment -Narcissism is often defined as self love.

-DSM-IV criteria (according to pg. 290)
-Must have five of the following:
-Preoccupation with (unrealistic) fantasies of greatness and importance
-Extreme sense of self-importance
-Belief that one’s “uniqueness” can only be understood by special or high-status people
-Excessive need for admiration
-Extreme sense of entitlement
-Interpersonally exploitative
-Lack of empathy for others
-Frequent envy of belief that others are envious of him/her
-Arrogant behavior and attitude -Most common in males

-Wasn’t added to the DSM until the third edition in 1980
-Not only more common in our present culture, but at times it is also encouraged by our strong emphasis on self and individualism.

-The attitudes and behaviors of narcissistic individuals do not reflect true self-confidence. Instead, the attitudes conceal a deep sense of insecurity and a fragile self-esteem.

-It is believed that it may be more likely to develop when children experience parenting styles that are excessively pampering, or when parents have a need for their children to be talented or special in order to maintain their own self-esteem.

-It might also develop as the result of neglect or abuse and trauma inflicted by parents or other authority figures during childhood.

-The disorder usually is evident by adolescence or early adulthood when personality traits have become consolidated. -Was conceived by Otto Kernberg in 1984
-Applied to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and later, Saddam Hussein.

-In addition to having NPD, they also display:
-Antisocial/psychopathic characteristics
-Lack of moral or ethical judgment
-Lack or remorse for damage to others
-Aggression (sometimes sadistic) -Born on April 20, 1889 in Braunau am Inn just across the Border from German Bavaria.
-Middle child of five and only he and one other sibling shared the same mother, Klara Polzl.
-Adolf was very intelligent and had a talent for architectural drawing. He moved to Vienna and worked as a casual laborer and a watercolor painter. Hitler applied to the Academy of Fine Arts twice, and was rejected both times.
-Out of money, he moved into a homeless shelter, where he remained for several years. Hitler later pointed to these years as the time when he first cultivated his anti-Semitism
-His father, Alois Hitler, was strict, an alcoholic and beat his family regularly. He was retired from Austrian civil service.
-His father died January 2, 1903 of a lung hemorrhage and his mother died of breast cancer December 21, 1907.
-Hitler blamed Dr. Bloch, their family doctor for her death and this likely developed his hatred of Jews. Axis I- Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia- Paranoid type, Psychotic Thinking

Axis II- Paranoid Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Sadistic Personality Disorder

Axis III- Irritable bowel syndrome, skin lesions, irregular heartbeat, tremors on the left side of his body, syphilis, Parkinson's disease, addiction to methamphetamine, a missing left testicle.

Axis IV- Problems with primary support group

Axis V- 1-10 -Cognitive behavioral therapy. In general, cognitive behavioral therapy helps you identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones.

-Family therapy. Family therapy typically brings the whole family together in therapy sessions. You and your family explore conflicts, communication and problem solving to help cope with relationship problems.

-Group therapy. Group therapy, in which you meet with a group of people with similar conditions, may be helpful by teaching you to relate better with others. This may be a good way to learn about truly listening to others, learning about their feelings and offering support. by: Courtney VanCamp and Donielle Stokes Hitler: An Evil Man? -He rose to power in German politics as leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, also known as the Nazi Party.
-On November 8, 1923, Hitler and the Sturmabteilung stormed a public meeting of 3, 000 people at a large beer hall in Munich. Hitler announced that the national revolution had begun and declared the formation of a new government. After a short struggle including 20 deaths, the coup, known as the “Beer Hall Putsch,” failed. Hitler was arrested three days later and tried for high treason. He served a year in prison, during which time he dictated most of the first volume of Mein Kampf (‘My Struggle’) to his deputy, Rudolf Hess. The book laid out Hitler's plans for transforming German society into one based on race.
-Hitler was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator from 1934 to 1945. His policies precipitated World War II and the Holocaust.
-Midnight on April 29, Hitler married his girlfriend, Eva Braun, in a small civil ceremony in his Berlin bunker. Later that afternoon, Hitler was informed of the assassination of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Hitler and Braun committed suicide the following day.
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