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General George S. Patton
A psychodynamic view of General George S. Patton's personality development.
# 95850 | 2,198 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jun 03, 2007 in History (Leaders) , History (U.S. World Wars) , Psychology (General)

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This paper describes General George Patton's personality. It provides suggestions on how his personality developed throughout his lifetime. It particularly focuses on a psychodynamic analysis of his personality development. The paper also provides the writer's view of the factors that influenced the development of Patton's personality.

From the Paper:

"George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) is undoubtedly one of greatest military commanders of modern time. Patton participated in all three major military conflicts in the first half of the 20th century, reaching his pinnacle during the North African, Sicilian and Normandy campaigns of World War II. Through Patton's leadership, he motivated his troops to perform extraordinarily; and, through his sometimes risky command decisions, he obtained unexpected battlefield results. Although Patton's military achievements go without question, his actions and leadership style did not escape controversy. His rash decisions sometimes bordered on disobedience to higher command and his "blood and guts" attitude lead some to believe that his decisions irresponsibly resulted in excessively high troop causalities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blumenson, M. (1985). Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945. William Morrow, New York. 320 pp.
  • D'Este, C. (1995). Patton: A Genius for War. Harper Collins Publishers, New York. 977 pp.
  • Patton, R. 2004. The Pattons: A Personal history of an American Family. Brassey's, Inc., Washington, DC. 320 pp.
  • Russell, M. (2000). Personality styles of effective soldiers. Military Review, 83, 69-74.

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