Tuesday, May 17 & 24 at 9:00 p.m.
Psychological profiles of criminals and foreign adversaries are a regular part of modern law enforcement and intelligence-gathering. At the height of World War II, however, creating a profile of the enemy—detailing as much as possible about his childhood, current state of mind, and potential actions—was a groundbreaking notion. This program recounts the work of Harvard psychoanalyst Dr. Walter Langer, who compiled the first-ever disciplined analysis of Adolf Hitler’s mental and emotional state, using a Freudian model of investigation. The process by which Langer joined the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, assembled a team, conducted interviews, and wrote his prescient 281-page report makes a fascinating case study for coursework in psychological profiling and research.
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