Gary D. Neer
July 24th, 2010
Adolph Hitler was one of the most unlamented tyrants of the twentieth century. His coming to power seemed to have not one single cause but led him to become a moving part in a sequence of events that not only traumatized Germany to its roots but the world.
The rise and fall of Hitler continues to be a mystery—events that intrigues and horrifies all. At his suicidal death in 1945, the world was only beginning to rea [pic]lize the extent of the horror in which Hitler proclaimed. His desire for world domination, nationalism and the purification of the German race drove him to political leadership of one of the most powerful nations in Europe. Still today, Hitler is remembered as a mad ranting of a genocidal maniac; a man who had given in to his evil inclinations to the point that his personality had been severed from his soul, leaving him to speak as an empty vessel on the behalf of an invisible master. Ironically, what motivated Hitler destroyed Hitler.
Hitler’s Psychoanalytic Motivation
Many believed 60 years ago, Hitler rose to power with the intent to rule the world; the world was arriving at end of times. Hitler was possessed by the ultimate evil and hatred of the Anti-Christ; Satan himself.
Even at the age of 17, Hitler friend was deeply shaken by Hitler’s voice. His friend later said, After gazing intensely at his friend for a full minute, he began to speak. Never before and never again have I heard Adolf Hitler speak as he did in the hour as we stood there alone …? It was as if another being spoke out of his body and moved him.
(Flurry, Flurry, & Thompson, 2010)
It seemed after that experience, Hitler no longer thought like a seventeen-year old boy. Hitler saw himself as “the Messiah”! Hitler had a determination with a force over, which he had little control over (McAdams, 2006). His drive for aggression became of powerful power within himself (Pruitt, 2006). He was not the leader of his own fate (McAdams, 2006). He was the pawn of Satan’s master plan in which Satan and God made all the moves.
Hitler’s Humanistic Motivation
As a mere youth, Hitler became obsessed with the idea that there was a separation between the German-speaking people and that both belonged in the same Reich (Shirer, 1960). At the age of 16, Hitler had become obsessed with politics (Shirer, 1960). He appeared to have a little of the carefree spirit of youth (Shirer, 1960). The world’s problems weighed down on him (Shirer, 1960). The misery of the German people sunk deep into his obsessions.
As Hitler began to rise into power a higher purpose came into being and the strife to actualize Germany and to perfect himself only motivated him to a total control of Germany that would promote and force a recognition of a pureblooded German or Aryan nation. This was one of the main reasons for the persecutions of the Jews (Shirer, 1960). Hitler saw the Jews and mixed-blood (Shirer, 1960).
Hitler had a psychological need to provide food and shelter (McAdams, 2006); not only for himself but for his fellow German countrymen. His desire to have a safe and secure environment (McAdams, 2006) for the Germany people led to a vast massacre of several million people. His needs allude to his desire to be accepted (McAdams, 2006) and worshiped by his people. Last, Hitler self-actualization needs molded him to develop a full individual potential and an intrinsic desire to preserve his sense of self-worth through the perception of high ability in the German society; a sense of self-worth that cost Hitler to take his own life in the end. Hitler’s Diversity Motivation
Adolph Hitler stove not to become a civil servant in the path of his father. At an early age, Hitler had a passion to become a painter; an artist (Shirer, 1960). His passion became so strong that he stopped studying in school to...