Universities in Nazi Germany: Group Pathology, Symptoms, and Solutions

By Kevin Volkan.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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German universities in the Nazi era experienced profound upheaval. Under turmoil and stress induced by Nazi leadership these universities succumbed to pathologies related to large group processes. These group pathologies fell into predicable patterns based on dependency, fight or flight, or sexual pairing and are related to both narcissistic and paranoid group leadership. Such patterns of pathology led to organizational characteristics related to unbounded rationality and groupthink. These characteristics are reminiscent of problems found in modern universities. Psychological solutions will be proposed to offset these organizational symptoms of group pathology.

Keywords: University, Academia, Faculty, Students, Nazi, Third Reich, Higher Education, Group Pathology

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.562MB).

Prof. Kevin Volkan

Professor of Psychology, Program in Psychology, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA, USA

Kevin Volkan is a founding faculty member and Professor of Psychology at California State University Channel Islands, where he teaches a popular course on the history and psychology of Nazi Germany. He was formerly a faculty member and administrator at Harvard Medical School. Prof. Volkan’s research interests include the psychology of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, as well as atypical psychopathologies. He writes a blog (www.bizarrebehaviors.com) on bizarre behaviors and culture-bound syndromes.


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