Better Know a Dictator: Dean A. Haycock on his book "Tyrannical Minds"

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Though men like Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Saddam Hussein, and Muammar Qaddafi lived in different times and places, and came from vastly different backgrounds, they shared many “dark” personality traits, but only in rare cases did they show signs of mental disorders. “Getting inside the heads” of foreign leaders and terrorists is one way governments try to understand, predict, and influence their actions. Psychological profiles can help us understand the urges of tyrants to dominate, subjugate, torture and slaughter.

Dean A. Haycock's new book, "Tyrannical Minds: Psychological Profiling, Narcissism, and Dictatorship," reveals how recognizing their psychological traits can provide insight into the motivations and actions of dangerous leaders, potentially allowing to us predict their behavior and maybe even teaching us how to stop them. As strongmen and authoritarian leaders around the world increase in number, understanding the most extreme examples of tyrannical behavior should serve as a warning to anyone indifferent to the threats posed by political extremism.

Dr. Haycock will discuss the book with us, and he will have copies available for purchase!

Dean A. Haycock is a science and medical writer with a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Brown University, and a fellowship at The Rockefeller University. The results of his research, conducted in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry, have been published in a variety of peer-reviewed academic journals. He is the author of several books and many articles written for the general public.

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