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Here's How to Understand Trump and His Supporters (REVIEW ESSAY)

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For example, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Mussolini did not exemplify pro-social optimal forms of the archetypes of maturity. On the contrary, each of them projected "shadow" forms from his psyche, and their followers who regarded each of them as a charismatic leader also projected "shadow" forms from their own psyches onto each leader.

Now, Cabane describes what she refers to as four styles of charisma (pages 98-114), which are related to the kinds of archetypes of maturity that Moore describes:

(1) authority charisma (involving the Warrior archetypes, masculine and feminine);

(2) focus charisma (involving the Royal archetypes, King and Queen);

(3) visionary charisma (involving the Magician archetypes, masculine and feminine);

(4) kindness charisma (involving the Lover archetypes, masculine and feminine).

For Trump's most ardent supporters, he projects authority charisma, as Cabane operationally defines and explains this charisma style (pages 104-107).

Incidentally, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette describe the four masculine archetypes of maturity in this 1990 book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine (HarperSanFrancisco).

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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