At the risk of becoming a theme, here’s another post about Hitler.
In 1943 the OSS, predecessor to the CIA, commissioned a psychological profile of Hitler by Dr. Henry A. Murray. The report, posted by Cornell University Law Library, was based on Hitler’s writings, his biography, his speeches—all public record stuff—and it’s steeped in the psychological beliefs of the time.Hitler’s anger, claims the report, stemmed from repressed homosexuality and feelings of submissive weakness, and he was traumatized by seeing his parents having sex. It’s not surprising that a lot of it is nonsense. The report is cobbled together from secondary sources and speculation, based on the shaky ground of fledgling psychology. What is surprising is that Dr. Murray correctly predicted that Hitler would kill himself after Germany’s defeat. An interesting look into the roots of modern psychology, and the level of understanding our leaders had in dealing with Hitler, the report is an interesting read if you’ve got the time.