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Are Leaders Born or Are They Made?: The Case of Alexander by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

By Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

“This e-book is essentially concerning the ways that psychoanalytically expert social paintings got down to aid bothered kids within the heart many years of the former century. As such it represents a useful old list. yet i feel it has a lot wider modern relevance and resonance. Pointing backwards to the rediscovery of misplaced values, it additionally has major hyperlinks with the very leading edge of twenty-first century social care.” – From the Foreword by means of Jeremy Holmes, traveling Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit college university London, and Honorary advisor Psychotherapist, Tavistock ClinicThis booklet provides the existence and paintings of 1 of the prime British social staff of the 20 th century. The spouse of Donald Winnicott, an analyst of Melanie Klein, a wartime innovator in supporting evacuated young ones, a instructor and mentor to a new release of British social employees and a talented psychoanalyst, Clare Winnicott’s lifestyles encompassed a impressive richness of relationships and accomplishments. in addition to documenting Clare Winnicott’s existence and occupation, this publication additionally comprises helpful and pragmatic profession ideas for supporting mom and dad and different care-givers within the tough problem of constructing and maintaining facilitating environments for youngsters.

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He always executed his plans in a coherent and coordinated manner, sifting deftly through conflicting reports and making correct judgments, however stressful the battle conditions. He showed unusual versatility in his use of both weaponry and tactics, adapting both as needed. He was extremely successful at all the types of armed confrontation that he undertook: more traditional warfare, sieges, anti-guerrilla actions, and ambushes. It is this global mastery of De Vries/final 29/3/04 12:35 pm Page 35 A STRATEGIC GENIUS 111 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 211 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 35 warfare, in combination with tactical and strategic skill, which makes him unique.

In sorrow, Alexander built the city of Bucephala, in memory of his beloved horse. As time passed, Alexander’s relationship with his father became increasingly discordant. When his father began to slight his mother, Alexander clung to the fantasy that Philip was not his real father, that he had a more regal ancestry as a child of the gods. Olympias fed this fantasy and also encouraged Alexander to think of himself as a king in his own right, not merely a successor to Philip. This frame of mind, and the behaviours it engendered, led to many father–son quarrels.

By taking a wife from this family, Philip had endangered the succession plans of Olympias and Alexander. Because the new wife was of traditional Macedonian nobility (unlike Alexander’s mother, who came from Epirus), Olympias and Alexander were deeply threatened by his father siring a child with purer Macedonian blood than Alexander’s own. Compounding the problem for Olympias, Philip renamed his new wife Eurydice, after his beloved mother, a woman who had been held in highest honour. That was a sure sign of the demotion of the queen-mother-to-be.

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