Robert Jay Lifton


Born
May 16, 1926


Robert Jay Lifton is an American psychiatrist and author, chiefly known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought reform. He was an early proponent of the techniques of psychohistory.

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The Nazi Doctors: Medical K...

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Thought Reform and the Psyc...

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Destroying the World to Sav...

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Death in Life: Survivors of...

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Superpower Syndrome: Americ...

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The Protean Self: Human Res...

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Witness to an Extreme Centu...

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Home from the War: Learning...

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“In sum, doubling is the psychological means by which one invokes the evil potential of the self. That evil is neither inherent in the self nor foreign to it. To live out the doubling and call forth the evil is a moral choice for which one is responsible, whatever the level of consciousness involved.”
Robert Jay Lifton, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of 'brainwashing' in China

“And I was troubled by the heavy-handed prose of so much psychoanalytic writing, which seemed drowned in its own concepts.”
Robert Jay Lifton, Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir

“When we consider further the social and psychological roots of the collective urge to kill the world, we are likely to see more of ourselves in it and to begin to think of such groups as something of a dark "cultural underground" of our own society. We are also likely to discover that whatever renders our society more decent and more inclusive in its benefits is likely to undermine the totalistic impulse to destroy everything.”
Robert Jay Lifton, Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism

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