By Pearl Katz
Member, Science & Technology Committee
Noted Psychiatrist Dr. Jerrold Post will speak on “Political Paranoia and the Psychopolitics of Hatred” in Montgomery Station’s Maryland Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 3, for the Science and Technology Lecture Series.
Dr. Post is Professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology, and International Affairs, as well as the Director of the Political Psychology Program at The George Washington University. He is the co-Founding Director of the University’s Institute of Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management.
Dr. Post is the author of many books on the psychology of leaders and the psychology of terrorists. Some of his books include Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World: The Psychology of Political Behavior; When Illness Strikes the Leader; The Mind of the Terrorist; and The Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders with Profiles of Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton.
Dr. Post had a 21-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency where he founded and directed the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior, which provided assessments of foreign leadership and decision making for the President and other senior officials to prepare for summit meetings and other high level negotiations and for use in crisis situations. He played the lead role in developing the “Camp David profiles” of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat for President Jimmy Carter and initiated the U.S. government program in understanding the psychology of terrorism in the late 1970s.