[PDF/EBOOK] On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence


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  • On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence
  • Norman F. Dixon
  • English
  • 09 February 2020
  • 9780712658898

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characters On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence Norman F. Dixon µ 0 Read & Download Free download ¶ On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence 100 This uniue and penetrating book surveys 100 years of military inefficiency from the Crimean War through the Boer conflict to the disasterous campaigns o. Dixon s study of military incompetence deepens the traditional observation that peacetime armies and wartime armies prefer and promote very different types of officer Dixon seeks to give this observation an explanation a basis that is rooted in Freudian psychology The work appears rather dated in its psychology I doubt many modern psychologists would credit the idea that Field Marshall Haig sent thousands of men to their death on the battlefield of the Somme because his mother had been too strict during his potty training Besides Dixon s version of military history while entertaining also seems biased towards supporting the conclusions he wants to reachBut it is nevertheless a worthwhile effort to study the character of military commanders good and bad and even if you don t accept Dixon s interpretation it at least makes you think about the issue It has often been observed that few successful generals are nice uncomplicated men His classification into autocratic and authoritarian personalities is probably an oversimplification but still a useful framework that can be applied for many purposes

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characters On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence Norman F. Dixon µ 0 Read & Download Free download ¶ On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence 100 F the First World War and the calamities of the Second It examines the social psychology of military organizations provides case studies of individual c. The book starts with short description of unnecessary carnage in WW 1 Boer war and Crimea among others Very helpful for someone who is not a history buff like myself buffs are advised by the author to skip this first partThen Dixon tries to psychologically explain what caused these mishaps uoting from many sources For example on British in America p199 The men in their scarlet uniforms and white spatterdashes marching in columns were the sort of target an ambush force dreams of som of the British troops broke for cover and fired from behind trees This appalled general Braddock and his officers they considered skulking behind trees both undisciplined and unsoldierly So they drove the Tommies back into columns where of course they were butchered Similarly p292 A plot to assassinate Hitler during the 1930s was turned down as not cricket the very words used by the Government of the dayDixon writes in a very pleasant meandering and natural way An example of a nice understatement p120 121 the Navy did on occasion show a surprising streak of realism fostered perhaps by the age old experience of being up against the hard facts of nature and the dangerously low buoyancy of the human bodyOn Montgomery and Kitchener Dixon writes p371 Both when they lapsed did so as a result of shortcomings in personality rather than intellect And p394 The theory advanced in this book military incompetence cannot be attributed to dullness of intellect recurring pattern to military mishaps which defies bloody fool theoryAnother factor explaining incompetence the fear of failure rather than the hope of success tends to be the dominant motive force p222The Afterword is also great and sums up a lot of the content of the book It reads in full p405 Lest the reader should have doubted my ualifications to write this book let me reassure him that I have marked authoritarian traits a weak ego fear of failure motivation and no illusion about the fact that I would have made a grossly incompetent general It takes one to know one

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characters On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence Norman F. Dixon µ 0 Read & Download Free download ¶ On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence 100 Ommanders and identifies an alarming pattern in the causes of military disasterAbsorbing and original this is the definitive history of military failure. What were they thinkingIf you ve ever wondered that while studying the Great War you re in good company although it s Norman Dixon s contention that most of us who have done so have come to the wrong conclusion As a former British Army officer and an experimental psychologist he is under no illusions about the war s horrific cost in lives and resources nor is he bashful about laying the blame where it belongs But he believes there s another way to explain and understand the characteristics and character of the men whose behavior brought about such devastation and disastrous conseuencesLike better living through chemistry Dixon advocates better comprehension of history through psychology that by examining several of the worst examples of inept generalship in a longitudinal fashion we begin to see patterns of thought and action that can be elucidated by an appeal to psychological and psychoanalytical principles that were current when the book first went to press The pictured edition which I own and upon which I base these comments dates to 1976 and it went through five printings before being revised in the 1990sFollowing an insightful foreword a scintillating introduction and a uniue lesson on the nature of generalship the First World War as a whole and two of its episodes Cambrai and Kut are presented in three out of the ten dismal chapters in military history dating from Crimea to Arnhem that make up Part One The author treats these tragedies with the respect they deserve while his conversational tone keeps this section of the book from becoming an abject litany of woePart Two is where Doc Dixon assesses diagnoses and analyzes his patients A diagnosis of military incompetence derives from the manifestation of these signs and symptoms summarized in briefSerious wastage of human resourcesFundamental conservatism and clinging to outworn traditionA tendency to reject or ignore informationA tendency to underestimate the enemyIndecisivenessObstinate persistence in a given taskFailure to exploit a situationFailure to make adeuate reconnaissanceA predilection for frontal assaultsBelief in brute forceFailure to make use of surpriseUndue readiness to find scapegoatsSuppression or distortion of newsBelief in mystical forcesMy professional education and training in psychology is about 15 years recent than the date of this edition and even since my time in practice the discipline of psychology has gone through another revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual That makes some of Dixon s psychoanalysis a bit dated although even at the time of writing he readily acknowledged the existence of contrary professional opinions But I think his assessments are sound and that in general pun not intended he hasn t misdiagnosed any incompetentsWriters who are tackling historical fiction set during any of the fiascoes covered in this book will find plenty to ponder about how to portray historical characters and Dixon s elaboration of his fourteen points of diagnosis will be valuable for all novelists in whatever genre who want to develop psychologically appropriate characterizations particularly of dysfunctional fictional leadersSummary Fascinating brief analyses of the personalities who were responsible for the worst military disasters in history Just a little bit dated in the Freudian part 1976 edition in paperback


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    characters On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence Read & Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook µ Norman F. Dixon Norman F. Dixon µ 0 Read & Download This book is worth reading on several levels The anecdotes of military incompetence are fascinating and the reasons for failure are well linked

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    [PDF/EBOOK] On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence Read & Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook µ Norman F. Dixon Norman F. Dixon µ 0 Read & Download The book starts with short description of unnecessary carnage in WW 1 Boer war and Crimea among others Very helpful for someone who is not a history buff like myself buffs are advised by the author to skip this first part

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    [PDF/EBOOK] On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence The towering irony that Dixon identifies is that militaries are structurally predisposed to discourage if not persecute the non conformists and unconventional thinkers who make the best military strategists Only in rare individual cases or unusual circumstances does a Napoleon or a Zhukov last long enough as a c

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    [PDF/EBOOK] On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence Read & Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook µ Norman F. Dixon Norman F. Dixon µ 0 Read & Download What were they thinking?If you’ve ever wondered that while studying the Great War you’re in good company although it

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    [PDF/EBOOK] On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence Dixon is an engaging and entertaining curmudgeon who takes a psychological stab at explaining military incompetence With several years as a bomb defusal specialist in the Royal Engineers before becoming a psychiatrist Dixon is well suited to write such a study of generalship Taking the British centrism and psychoanalytic perspective as features rather than bugs this is an interesting attempt to explain and improve the serious failures of

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    [PDF/EBOOK] On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence Make no mistake this is a psychology book While the first half is an in depth examination of primarily British military incompetence from 1850 1950 the second half is a psychological examination of the factors that could have caused such incompetence The data and theories were still current when the book was written in the 1970s but would no

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    [PDF/EBOOK] On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence freudian psychoanalysis doesn't age well and clunky archaic terminology is just one facet of a palpably dated book but what dixon identifies as the root causes of military incompetence are an argument against reactionary monoculture and authoritarianism in any organisation

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