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  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595477608
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  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJNHPC
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James R. Fisher Jr. on February 15, 2012
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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PEOPLES by Gustave Le Bon - A BOOK REVIEW

James R. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D.
© February 15, 20012

Were it not for reading William L. Livingston's soon to be released, "Design for Prevention for Dummies," I would have no idea who Gustave Le Bon was, or why important. This is the first of three reviews of Le Bon's works, "The Psychology of Peoples" (1894). The second will be, "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind" (1896), and the third, "The Psychology of Revolution" (1913).

Gustave Le Bon was born on May 7, 1841 before either the American Civil War or the French Revolution. He lived into his ninety-second year dying on December 13, 1931, after the First World War, but shortly before Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. The Nazi dictator used Le Bon's psychology to hypnotize the German people to his purposes.

The Frenchman, a trained physician, followed his bliss, which was sociology and social psychology expounding on theories of crowd psychology, national traits and herd behavior. He also pursued the hard sciences, but it was in the soft sciences that his reputation was made.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PEOPLES

Le Bon has trouble with the idea of equality of individuals and races. He sees this has thrown Western man into a series of convulsions over its history the end of which he sees as impossible to predict:

"People found it easy to persuade themselves that these inequalities were merely the outcome of differences of education, that all men are born equally intelligent and good, and that the sole responsibility for their perversion lies with the institutions they live under."

The book shows the error of this mindset by examining a civilization, its arts, its institutions, and its beliefs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Harte on May 12, 2013
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The Psychology of Revolution is as apt and revealing today as when psychologist Gustave Le Bon wrote it with the knowledge of the bloody French Revolution in mind. It is as true as if he were explaining why the Nazis took power in Germany, why the so-called "Arab Spring" occurred, why the theatre of the streets in Egypt turned sour and brought in the wrong government. It even gives psychological reasons for dictatorship in Iran and terrorist groups like Hamas which they fund. It is highly likely that Lenin read it as well as Hitler, as a book of instructions on how to whip up a mindless crowd to a frenzy. It is not a political book but an explanation by a psychologist of how crowds take leave of their senses and turn into a many-tentacled monster.[ASIN:B004UJNHPC The Psychology of Revolution]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike on October 2, 2013
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First off, I highly recommend this book. The beginning is a bit tough to get through and that is hard to explain why, you may have better luck then me, but you don't let that stop you from reading this book. It seems to me that the worlds most evil men in the world have read this book and used the principles in this book to destroy America and many other countries that were host to conservative and God fearing people. If you want to destroy a nation this book has the recipe, and by contrast it also has the recipe to build one, you just have to decide what exactly you want to do. I wish more conservative people would read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gentry on February 7, 2013
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Written from a time when men still used critical thinking skills. As someone who has worked in the mental health services I found Le Bon's conclusions spot on on the mindset of men & women who no longer find the status quo to be as static as they think it is. Transfer the same set of circumstances to modern america & the affect will b the same- when pushed too far the PEOPLE will push back.
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Very insightful. Le Bon is more logical and intellectually unbiased than most writers of this type. I would highly recommend it especially when read with his other book The Crowd.
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LeBon writes in 19th century style and it takes a bit of time getting used to but the concepts he deals with -people's behavior in a disordered world- are priceless. I have read and recommended his book The Crowd and thought it was better than taking a semester college class. This one matches it. I highly recommend it.
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By Kenny Bautista on August 27, 2013
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brilliant book just don't take the authors views question it and make your own views base on the information given to you
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One of the books that Carl Gustav Jung liked very much. If you like Jung, you will like the book too.
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