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Arno Gruen

Arno Gruen

Swiss-German psychologist and psychoanalyst

Arno Gruen (May 26, 1923 – October 20, 2015) was a Swiss-German psychologist and psychoanalyst.

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...a distorted development of autonomy is the root cause of the pathological and, ultimately, evil element in human beings.

No matter how much lip service those committed to power (psychopaths) may pay to the principle of equality (empaths), they can never approach their fellow human beings on an equal footing; their relationships with others are defined solely in terms of power and weakness. Therefore, they must accumulate as much power as possible, with the aim of becoming invulnerable and proving this invulnerability.

If people base their identity on identifying with authority, freedom causes anxiety. They must then conceal the victim in themselves by resorting to violence against others.

We would rather forgive the evil proliferating all around us than the rebellion against it, which we mistake for the true evil.