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I would consider that Adolf Hitler predominantly had antisocial personality disorder (APD). As a child, HitlerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s father ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsavagely beat his son if he did not do as he was toldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â (Spartacus Educational, 2008). Hitler grew with resentment towards his father and a close relationship to his mother. He did not tolerate competition; this was evident in his school years when he dropped out early in his secondary school years, even though his primary years were filled with educational success. He was not able to adapt and apply himself in an educational environment that involved interacting with others and new challenges. Hitler was only comfortable when he was the leader, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHitler liked giving ordersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, so as he was strayed away from his fellow pupils because of his demanding ways ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œhe spent his time with younger pupilsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â where he felt powerful (Spartacus Educational, 2008).
People suffering from APD ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œoften get into physical fightsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â(Wade & Tavris, 2008, p. 385). In fact Hitler ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œenjoyed games that involved fightingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â for many years, even late in his teenage years ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œhe loved re-enacting battles from the Boer WarÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â (Spartacus Educational, 2008). Although he signed up for military service, he did not ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œmeet obligationsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â to serve in Austria because of his beliefs, therefore displaying irresponsibility. Hitler was impulsive in his acts, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œhe did not mind risking his lifeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â to impress others, neither did he care for his personal well-being, in fact he often ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œvolunteered for dangerous missionsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â (Spartacus Educational, 2008). He was perceived as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œodd and peculiarÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â by his fellow army soldiers, he was seen as an ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œisolated figureÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â since he spent hours in silence and would suddenly ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œjump up and make a speechÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â in a state of outburst (Spartacus Educational, 2008). His eccentric behavior did not allow him to get far in the military though, most probably because his leadership thought he would not be respected by others due to his behavior.
When he was imprisoned he also ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsuffered from depression and talked of committing suicideÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â (Spartacus Educational, 2008). He had fallen into deep depression before when Germany surrendered during World War 1, reflecting a pattern on the behavior.
Later on Hitler became the con-artist and heartless man written in history today, displaying more of a psychopathically-like disorder. His speeches induced masses to commit acts of violence against Jews. He had a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œconniving charmÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â (Wade & Tavris, 2008, p. 385). He placed tricks on his enemies in order to expand the war and reach further areas in order to meet his goals. His heartlessness was evident with countless acts and decisions such as deciding to place orders of slow death for enemy leaders. An example of this is the brutality of having them ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œhung with piano wire from meat-hooksÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â(Spartacus Educational, 2008).
I believe that during Adolf HitlerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s life he displayed at least 3 psychological disorders.
Throughout his lifetime and very strongly during his younger years he displayed antisocial personality disorder (APD). He had patterns such as disregarding safety, being manipulative, instability and an enjoyment of physical encounters (among others).
Throughout his mid-life he displayed patterns of depression. He was anxious about war up comings and placed all his energies in this area, affecting his emotions and behavior.
Later on in his life he displayed some tendencies of being psychopath. This was displayed in his acts of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œheartlessness and conniving charmÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, he also was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œutterly charmingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â in his in-crowd, he managed to use his charm ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œto manipulate and deceive othersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â consistently (Wade & Tavris, 2008, p. 385). This art was what helped him get as far as he did in his acts.
Wade, C. & Tavris, C. (2008). Invitation to Psychology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc
Spartacus Educational (2008). Retrieved on December 7, 2008 from http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERhitler.htm you use.