Struggling with the Demon: Perspectives on Individual and Organizational Irrationality


Title: Struggling with the Demon: Perspectives on Individual and Organizational Irrationality
Year: 2001
Authors: Kets de Vries, M. F.

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.

Keywords: entrepreneur, inner theater, hypomaniac, alexythymic, depersonalization, dysfunctional, downsizing
Language: English

Publisher: International Universities Press, Madison, Connecticut
Publisher Location: International Universities Press, Madison, Connecticut
ISBN: 978-1887841429

Submitted by:
Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

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