Struggling With the Demon - Perspectives on Individual and Organizational Irrationality

Manfred Kets de Vries presents this collection of essays that examine both psychological and business issues. From a case study that clinically probes the inner world of the entrepreneur to a new look at the emotional impact of downsizing and methods executives can use to facilitate a downsizing operation, Struggling with the Demon examines the search for meaning in human activity and highlights the values that foster commitment and involvement and, ultimately, success.

by Manfred Kets de Vries
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

This is a collection of essays centered on the psychological approach to individual and organizational analysis, with an emphasis on leadership and, in particular, the derailing of leadership. It addresses both psychological and business issues.

The author begins with a close look at the individual by studying the inner world of a single entrepreneur. Readers are given a rare insight into an executive's inner theater. Next he discusses the implications of hypomaniacs and alexythymics and the effects of their interpersonal styles within today's organizations. He follows with an examination of the issues relating to the midlife, including depersonalization and the common dysfunctional pattern in which the individual finds little or no pleasure in job performance.

From a case study that clinically probes the inner world of the entrepreneur to a new look at the emotional impact of downsizing and methods executives can use to facilitate a downsizing operation, Struggling with the Demon examines the search for meaning in human activity and highlights the values that foster commitment and involvement and, ultimately, success.

Also available in Dutch.

Psychosocial Press, International Universities Press, 2001

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