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Games That Hitler PlayedModeling the Persuasion Techniques The Social Change Processes & The Frames of Terrorism in Adolf Hitler "Our national leaders are all human beings who had childhoods and childhood experiences that shaped them. What map was Hitler following, and where did it come from?" Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled (p. 50) L. Michael Hall, Ph.D. Hitler-- we know what he did, and we sort of know why he did it, but how did he do it? We know that he deceived his countrymen and an entire nation and nearly brought about the end of Western civilization as it had developed in the twentieth century. He was legally appointed to power as Reich Chancellor and between 1933 and 1940 one of the most popular heads of a state in the world. But how did he pull all of that off? What tactics and strategies did he use? What mental and emotional Games did he play? What frames drove his own distorted vision? How did he influence an entire nation to accept his mad tactics? What Games were he able to recruit people to play? We know that he was a deeply disturbed person with a genius of political savvy for persuasion. What we do not know is how could a destructive and demonic-like movement (the Nazi movement) so full of hatred and formalized prejudice gained such power and influence in one of the most advanced nations in the world? How could a man with such a pathological personality "lead" so many people? How could a minority opinion of an extremist right-wing group effect the politics of an entire nation and then of the world? Neuro-Semantic Modeling Over the past year and a half, since we have been developing Neuro-Semantic models for modeling cultural phenomena, I have been exploring the key political and conceptual frames that Adolf Hitler used. I began by reading the two massive volumes of Mein Kampf, Hitler's own biographical propaganda written during his first imprisonment (1924). I then followed that up by reading a biography of him and then multiple books and works that offered various interpretations and analysis. This is a presentation of some of the things that I have found, some of the key frames (political, economic, and personal frames) that governed Hitler's mind and emotions as he took over the Socialist Worker's Party and eventually swung a nation to go along with his ideas about race superiority and "blood purity." And yet it is so much more than just about Hitler. Above and beyond what happened in Germany is the story of how personal frames play out inside of larger frames-political frames, economic frames, socio-cultural frames, etc. And these frames all occur within various historical contexts. It took a great many things working together in a unique combination to create the monstrous disaster of Hitler. It was not just Hitler, it was not just Germany, it was not just the mishandling of the aftermath of the first World War, it was all of that and it was the economic disasters in the USA, it was the fears of Communism, it was the desperation of a people over a runaway inflation, etc. Caveat about Germans and Germany At the beginning of this presentation I think it necessary to set several frames for this study. First, what happened during the second and third decades of the 20th century that produced Hitler is not the fault of anyone living today. No person from

Germany today or of Germany heritage has any connection or responsibility to what Hitler did 80 years ago or for that post World War I generation. No one today should hold anyone from Germany or of German descent responsible. I know that there is a sensitivity that continues even into the 21st century of many of the younger generation in Germany, sensitive souls who continue to feel bad, some even feel guilty for what Hitler did. This is totally inappropriate. What people did in previous ages is not our responsibility. We are responsible for what we believe and do, for the responses we make today. Overview As an overview, when we look at Hitler as a man on the personal level, he had little going for him. Throughout childhood and young adulthood he suffered from a strong sense of inferiority and he coped with that by using denial, illusions of grandeur, and blaming. As a young man he was rejected repeatedly from the Art School that he wanted to enter. He blamed his dad, then he blamed the Jews, then he blamed the German authorities. These were some of the foundational Games that he played in his life. Until he entered World War I (WWI) as a young man, he was a drifter and suffered the consequences of his own lack of purpose, dilettante, laziness, and grandiose schemes. It wasn't until he became a soldier that he found a purpose. When that endeavor ended in defeat, he experienced the shame of that as a severe trauma. When he was sent home after Germany lost the war, he went home dejected, angry, bitter, and shocked. It was not only another trauma, but the biggest one and the most defining. Again, he coped with that one as he had the others, by blaming. This time he blamed the German authorities and government, he blamed the lack of spirit for the Fatherland, he blamed the superior propaganda methods of the British, he blamed the Jews for undermining German's role in the War, and he blamed the intelligentsia. It was then that, in the beer halls, he discovered that (as he expressed it) "I could speak." He found that by formulating the angry expressions over the injustices and the bitter experiences that he could move a crowd. And this was his gift and our curse. As he turned to politics and to the use of propaganda, he found that he could persuade people. He found that he could capture the minds-and-hearts of the people in that age with his extremist ideas. And, of course, it was an age that allowed such extremist ideas to take root and grow. His "persuasion" was fitting for that age in that time in that situation. It was not that he was charming, he was not. It was not that he was warm and compassionate, he was not. It was not that he could extend himself for the benefit of others, he could not. His was a sick and tormented mind. His was also a sick heart that suffered numerous psychological distortions. But he was able to put into words the feelings of so many people who had suffered in various ways and play upon their fears, hatreds, prejudices in just the right way so as to make his perverted vision of the future for them a legitimate hope. Nor would it have happened in any other age or time. He was the result of larger forces than just his brutal home life, the prejudice of his hometown, the personal misfortunes his own lack of discipline created, he arose from the tragedies and injustices perpetuated upon Germany after WWI, he arose from the economic malaise felt around the world from the fall of the American Stock Market in 1929, he arose from the fear of the German people against the encroaching Communism of that age, and he arose from the political mistakes of the Weimar Republic which weakened democracy, and left the Nazi party the surprised beneficiary. Hitler reeked his own revenge and hatred on those he blamed and impose his beliefs about race superiority upon his countrymen because of a great many contributing factors. The myth that he created in Mein Kampf, and which his party perpetuated in his lifetime pictured him as rising up as the new national leader due to his own force of will, strength of intellect, and more than human powers. That

was the myth. The key to Hitler, as the key to anyone's life, lies in our frames. What were the frames of reference and the frames of mind that drove Hitler and that empowered him with his persuasive influential? What were the frames in others, in Germany, and in the rest of the world that somehow played into it all? What I found was a mixture of good and bad, strengths and weaknesses, wise statements of incredible insight and the most perverse stupidity, political acumen and utter nonsense. When I began reading Mein Kampf I really thought that I would be reading from a raving lunatic. That was not the case. Hitler may have been a bigot, prejudicial, hateful, cruel, a fanatic ideologue, extremist, and immoral, but Mein Kampf reads more like a Sunday sermon on the injustices perpetuated against Germany and a call for better housing for workers, a national welfare system, sweeping away the privileges of the past, modernizing industry, improving social conditions, and calling patriots of the country to care about the moral threats to their society. He sold his racism and hatred inside of a strategy for national recovery. That made it acceptable. This surprised and shocked me. This is Hitler the monster, the tyrant, the dictator, the murderer of millions? It was in this way that he gained control. He paced, paced, paced. He paced the current situation and concerns. He gave voice to their fears, resentments, bitterness. This gave him credibility. When he finally won the 1932 election and the Nazi party actually won the majority of seats in the Reichstag, it was because, while the National Socialists were vulgar and distasteful, they at least stood for German interests in the face of the growing Communism threat. By finding an easy target in the Jews and blaming them for over a decade, he gave the people a target or scapegoat for their negative emotions. He also had a plan for a new and better Germany. Of course, he didn't tell them all that he would do. In modeling this madman, I still find it hard to credit him with being a "genius" in his powers of reading the political situation, in his opportunism, and in his powers of persuasion. And yet, I have to give that to him. Even though he terribly misused his powers of persuasion, he certainly had a "genius" (though in demonic form) for influence, political intelligence, and effectiveness. In pulling apart the facets and factors that made him who he was and that enabled or allowed him to do the monstrous damage he did, there are

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