Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Mar. 27–May 15
Instructor: Gary Parish
Class limit: 35
This course will apply principles and concepts of psychoanalysis to help understand the deeper motivations and behavior of key political actors and other people in our lives. The psychoanalytic principles and concepts are explained and illustrated using incidents and examples from the lives of Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Lyndon Johnson, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. Students will be asked to bring examples from contemporary events for discussion in class. This course will provide a set of guidelines that will be useful to increase your sensitivity to manifestations of unconscious motivation in everyday life.
Gary Parish is a retired CIA analyst with master’s degrees in electrical engineering and systems analysis, and a PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate Institute (now the Pardee RAND Graduate School). He has worked as a program/budget analyst, a decision analyst, and a leadership analyst for the US Air Force, the CIA, and the intelligence community. He was trained in psychoanalysis by the late Dr. Nathan Leites of the RAND Corporation. He is writing a book documenting Leites' techniques and case studies entitled The Psychoanalytic Theory of Decision.