Kim Jong Il has defied the UN and has begun a second test of his nuclear capabilities. Dr. Jerrold Post is a political psychologist with the CIA that recently about Kim Jong Il’s psychological makeup:
“He’s not clinically crazy, but he is crazy like a fox and has some major insecurities that help explain how he acts,” Dr Post told The Sunday Telegraph.
Dr Post traces Kim’s insecurities back to his childhood, though in this case it was his relationship with his father – rather than the mother-child bond that is the hub of Freudian analysis – that shaped him. He is the son of the late Kim il-Sung, North Korea’s founder and creator of the state religion of juche, who was given semi-divine qualities by the country’s propaganda machine.
“It is hard enough to follow in the footsteps of your father when he was once a monarch, president or prime minister, as I’m sure George W Bush could testify,” he said. “But those difficulties seem trivial when you succeed a father who had god-like qualities.”
Kim’s rampant insecurities are fuelled, like Napoleon’s, by his lack of height. The dictator only reaches 5ft 2in without his platform shoes, although he tries to appear taller by maintaining a bouffant hairstyle.
Dr Post runs off a checklist of Kim’s character traits — malignant narcissism, extreme self-absorption, grandiose views, paranoid tendencies and defensive self-aggression. To a layman, they appear alarming attributes for a man who may already be in control of a nuclear bomb.
“Kim believes that big boys have big toys. He wants to be a major league player with major league weapons,” said Dr Post, who […]