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  Cult of personality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A cult of personality is a political institution in which a country's leader uses mass media to create a larger-than-life public image through unquestioning flattery and praise.
A cult of personality differs from general hero worship in that it is specifically built around political leaders.
The criticism of personality cults often focuses on the regimes of Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Mao Zedong.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cult_of_personality   (1016 words)

 Wikinfo | Cult of personality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A cult of personality is a generally derogative term to criticize the worship of a single leader.
Personality cults are usually characteristic of totalitarian states, or post-revolutionary nations.
It is important to note that a cult of personality is not necessarily universal among all totalitarian societies.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Cult_of_personality   (471 words)

 Cult of personality - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
Cult of personality or personality cult is a term for what is perceived to be excessive adulation of a single leader.
The lifetime cult of Julius Caesar was deeply resented by patrician republicans; it paved the way for the imperial family cult of the Roman Empire.
Personality cults aim to make the leader and the state seem synonymous, so it becomes impossible to comprehend the existence of one without the other.
www.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Cult_of_personality   (922 words)

 Discovering China: The Cultural Revolution
Past personality cults, such as for Stalin or for Mao Zedong, occurred in countries in the Communist bloc and brought tragedy.
Personality cults never occurred if the person to be worshipped didn't welcome it.
When Mao meet with the American journalist, Edgar Snow, he said, " Personality cults are sometimes useful", and " Personality cults were needed for the last five years." Although he tried to prevent personality cults before, he presented personality cults openly at that time.
library.thinkquest.org /26469/cultural-revolution/cult.html   (718 words)

 purevolume™ | Cult of Personality
Cult of Personality are a 5-piece from Woking, Surrey who have been a band together for six years, but in recent months have been through some major changes in their line-up.
The band have already recorded a full length album, and have just finished an EP capturing their now established sound, and are currently in the process of writing new material for a new EP, which they will be recording in the next couple of months.
In the last year or so Cult have taken the progression of the band more seriously, and are looking to what the future holds for them, as there has been some interest in the band from local management companies.
www.purevolume.com /cultofpersonality   (225 words)

 Stalin and the Personality Cult
Thus, the 'cult of the individual' or 'Cult of Personality' as built up around Stalin was contrary to Marxism-Leninism, and its practice was contrary to the expressed wishes of Stalin.
We have seen that, although Stalin expressed strong opposition to the 'cult of Personality', the legend of a 'cult of personality' continued.
To conclude, the attack made by the revisionists, on the 'cult of personality' in the Soviet Union was an attack not only upon Stalin personally as a leading Marxist-Leninist and leading defender of socialism, but was the first stage in an attack upon Marxism-Leninism and the socialist system in the Soviet Union.
www.geocities.com /redcomrades/pers-cult.html   (3789 words)

 'The Cult of Personality' by Annie Murphy Paul   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
To advocates of personality tests, they are an invaluable tool for understanding themselves, finding a mate or the dream job, even making sense of the world.
Personality tests are often scientifically unproven, she writes, yet they determine such crucial decisions as the fitness of a parent in a child custody case, whether someone lands a job or gets into a school.
With a novelist's sense of narrative, she traces the history of personality testing, from phrenologists who would read the bumps on Walt Whitman's head to Walter Rorschach, who died at 37, dejected and unaware of the impact of his inkblot test.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/04319/411051.stm   (689 words)

 Modern History Sourcebook: Nikita S. Khrushchev: The Secret Speech - On the Cult of Personality, 1956
It was because Stalin personally supervised the Leningrad affair, and the majority of the Political Bureau members did not, at that time, know all of the circumstances in these matters, and could not therefore intervene.
He personally issued advice on the conduct of the investigation and the method of interrogation of the arrested persons.
First, in a Bolshevik manner to condemn and to eradicate the cult of the individual as alien to Marxism-Leninism and not consonant with the principles of party leadership and the norms of party life, and to fight inexorably all attempts at bringing back this practice in one form or another.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/mod/1956khrushchev-secret1.html   (4605 words)

 Personality Tests :: The cult of personality tests   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Personality tests are increasingly popular as management tools, yet many of them are no better than astrology at describing character or predicting behavior.
Personality tests are also given to employees already in the workplace, ostensibly to develop skills, improve communication, and promote teamwork.
Many publishers of personality tests do not make public crucial information about how their tests were developed or how well they work, claiming that this information is ''proprietary." For some personality tests, ''almost no evidence at all is available beyond assurances that evidence exists," reported a task force appointed by the American Psychological Association.
www.religionnewsblog.com /10317   (1236 words)

 Personality cult of Anton LaVey
This also is not a sign of a cult of personality as it is present in all religions in their youth, in an increasingly symbolic guise as they mature.
To rephrase: A cult of personality is when the followers of a charismatic leader make irrational and illogical decisions based upon the things the leader has said, whereas a normal movement is one where the followers follow the charismatic leader, but still make rational decisions about problems that face the group.
Personal wealth is encouraged by many cults, for example Scientology that requires personal wealth in order to purchase expensive course material, but frequently do not accept that a person may develop beyond the need for the religion itself.
www.dpjs.co.uk /counter/personalitycult.html   (2840 words)

 Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time
Personality and character as yet unformed, Mozart the child is commodified as Mozart the icon of natural and unquestioned excellence.
Ever since Constanze began to transfigure the image of her husband by wiping the worldly dust off his face, Mozart’s name and image have become markers of quality.
It is the obverse of the musicological coin, the by-product of fascination with a cultural hero created by a posterity as much in need of hermeneutic tools as of idols.
rmc.library.cornell.edu /mozart/cult.htm   (293 words)

 Epilogue : The Cult of Personality Testing
Personality tests do their dirty work, asking intrusive questions and assigning limiting labels, providing an ostensibly objective rationale to which testers can point with an apologetic shrug.
If personality tests must be used, they should be chosen carefully — free of invasive questions, fair to all groups, proven scientifically valid and reliable — and interpreted cautiously, with an acute awareness of their limitations.
Users of personality tests who are not psychologists — employers, teachers, guidance counselors, workshop leaders — also have an obligation to educate themselves about the potential for personality tests to limit and stereotype.
www.enotalone.com /article/5585.html   (1702 words)

 Book Review The Cult of Personality - Annie Paul
But that fact is often forgotten, and as a result many people (including some 'qualified practitioners') misuse or abuse personality questionnaires by giving their results more authority than they deserve, or using them in contexts that are inappropriate.
In that context, "The Cult of Personality" could have been a landmark book, with the potential to be recommended as "must read" for anyone going through qualification training in psychometrics.
There is certainly a need for a book such as "The Cult of Personality", and anyone who is not connected with the profession might think that "The Cult of Personality" fills that gap.
www.personalitypathways.com /MBTI_personality.html   (1192 words)

 kband: bluprnt 4 rvolution: Cult of personality
The fascinating part is that people didnt know that animals had personalities before dudes in lab coats told them.
"Personality theory started showing up in the writings of Ivan Pavlov and Sigmund Freud as a somewhat vague, broadly drawn concept.
According to the article personality has to not only be distinct reactions to stimuli, but also the consciousness of those reactions.
www.kband.com /bluprnt/000872.html   (538 words)

 The Cult of Personality - Annie Paul
In this book, she attacks the use of personality testing in the United States, and several prominent or recent writers offer praise for her work.
Paul's broad proposition seems to be that personality is too complex to be covered by any test, preferring what she calls "narrative", a process we get a glimpse of toward the end of the book.
There's further confusion because the nature and purpose of the personality assessments varies widely and it's fairly confusing when the author leaps from projective tests to instruments and back again in a few paragraphs.
www.personalitypathways.com /MBTI_cult.html   (1023 words)

 The Cult of Personality
Personality tests, she contends, produce descriptions of people that are nothing like human beings as they actually are: complicated, contradictory, changeable across time and place.1
The Myers-Briggs, which assigns each test taker a personality type represented by four letters, is now given to 2.5 million people each year, and is used by 89 of the companies in the Fortune 100.
Personality tests, at their best, are a combination of information and misinformation, truth and fiction, cobbled together.
www.psychoheresy-aware.org /personality_cult13_2.html   (2008 words)

 The Cult of Personality
Yesterday was devoted to the cult of personality.
Personality disorders (PDs) are the most fascinating of all to me. I have a particular attraction to Histrionic, Schizotypal, and Borderline personalities.
I gotta agree with you on the Personality Disorder...they are the most fascinating because you do end up looking at your friends or family and saying hmmm...
journals.aol.com /dmt66frd/TheSojournersTale/entries/415   (464 words)

 Amazon.com: The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Personality tests are administered to millions of people every year for purposes ranging from career counseling and educational guidance to determining parental fitness in custody battles.
She traces the historical roots of personality testing from phrenology in the 1830s to the Rorschach inkblot to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Of the many tests of personality still in use, according to this author, the Rorschach and the MMPI are the best-kown and most popular.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0743243560?v=glance   (3080 words)

 Admiral Rickover and the Cult of Personality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Personal advancement was not sacrificed; the nuclear program became the means of personal advancement; Rickover created his own navy within the submarine navy.
An essential element of the cult was to make himself the indispensable man both in the Navy and in the program.
The cult of personality and the dominance of the Rickover program tended increasingly to isolate the nuclear Navy officers from the real Navy.
www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil /airchronicles/aureview/1983/Jul-Aug/schratz.html   (3138 words)

 ISN Security Watch - Central Asian leaders turn to cult of personality
Despite the sometimes farcical nature of these cults of personality, analysts say the objects of these cults are serious about maintaining and enhancing their power.
Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, said personality cults are frequently permitted by a people as they work to establish their cultural identities, particularly after long periods of colonization.
Bremer said people in countries where personality cults have been constructed around their leaders eventually become aware of the outside world.
www.isn.ethz.ch /news/sw/details.cfm?ID=4657   (975 words)

 cult of personality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A term coined by Nikita S. Khrushchev at the Twentieth Party Congress of the CPSU in 1956 to describe the rule of Stalin, in which the Soviet people were compelled to deify the dictator.
Leonid I. Brezhnev also established a cult of personality around himself, although to a lesser extent than Stalin.
Similar cults of saints, heroes, and the just tsar formed a historical basis for the cult of personality.
www.cold-war.info /glossary/cult-of-personality.html   (98 words)

 Andrew W.K.: Party Hard - PopMatters Music Video Review
For each of the aforementioned cults, its "success" depended upon the common presence of a dominant, charismatic patriarch; Andrew W.K. is just that.
Andrew W.K. explained in response that a person would have to do a huge amount of cocaine to get such an effect, but that he doesn't mind that assumption being drawn from his album's art.
In the worst cases, as with Heaven's Gate cult leader Marshall Applewhite, the leader convinces his followers to commit mass suicide.
www.popmatters.com /music/videos/a/andrew-wk-party.html   (1368 words)

 Rebecca Hartong » The Cult of Personality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
While there are such things as personality disorders, personality in general is not an indicator of psychopathology (what the MMPI measures.) Like mood and cognition, personality is just one aspect of human psychology.
These traits are what we identify as “personality” and their persistence is what enables each of us to accurately predict how the people we know well will behave.
Paul goes on: “A lot of personality tests, by their very nature, are engaged in labeling people, stereotyping them — whether it’s a string of four letters, or measuring someone on five dimensions.
www.rebeccahartong.net /?p=75   (895 words)

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I remember a few weeks ago Barbara Branden posted a rebuttal to critics of her Passion of Ayn Rand book and she mentioned that she played a role in cultivating the "cult of personality" surrounding Ayn Rand and, to some extend, her ex-husband's as well.
Does anyone have information regarding the developments of this so-called "cult of personality?" I've read lots of anecdotes on the web regarding the cult-like nature of Objectivism, but in reality I have yet to encounter any cult qualities in the contemporary Objectivist movement(I mean movement in the loose sense).
The people who are claiming to formed a "cult", if indeed they did, would have done it for their own ends and gains.
usabig.com /wowbbforums/view_topic.php?id=128&forum_id=6   (1184 words)

 The Cult of Personality: Rethinking the Use of Personality Tests for Hiring - Articles - ERE
Sorting the research based on the "big five" theory of personality, which assumes that personality consists of five dimensions (i.e., openness to new experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, emotional stability, and agreeableness), researchers found that scores on conscientiousness modestly correlated with job performance.
Another major criticism mentioned in The Cult of Personality is that some tests, such as integrity tests, have an extremely high false positive rate (i.e., a large number of presumably honest people fail integrity tests).
The uncritical use of personality tests in the workplace is foolish at best, and at worst, may be costly to companies.
www.ere.net /articles/db/4ED47926B4DD4741AC7E465232BBB840.asp   (3104 words)

 Cult or Personality?
A cult controversy has quietly simmered at the University since last June, as administrators and affiliated clergy struggle to determine how to respond appropriately to concerns about the activities of the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ on campus.
Cassel also asked Religious Studies Professor Stephen Dunning, who has taught a course on cults since 1985, to lead a session for residential staff about issues involving the Church of Christ and how to help students they are concerned about who are involved in the group.
Cassel said her office also created a brochure that includes a list of warning signs that a group is a cult.
www.rickross.com /reference/icc/ICC86.html   (1953 words)

 Personality Cult in North Korea
Besides, he ordered the carving of over 12,000 pieces of catchword trees and catchword documents, as well as the carving of letters appearing on natural rocks, and the erection of monumental stones with his own personal writings, let alone the publication of countless books related to his personality cult.
The expenditures for the political propaganda for the personality cult of Kim Jong-il amount to approximately $900 million (4 percent of the GNP) every year.
The idolization of Kim Jong-il's family lineage was initiated for the purposes of justifying the process of Kim Il-sung's seizing power, which was actually done illegitimately, and the power succession from father to son.
www.fortunecity.com /meltingpot/champion/65/pers_cult.htm   (1327 words)

 Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald: Do Bush followers have a political ideology?
The implication of the insult was that the person in question was naïve, foolish, or in willful denial, and that he or she was being cynically used by the Soviet Union or another Communist state, thus unwittingly being a traitor to his or her home country.
Bush supporters are characterized as "sick," a "cult," and "rabid." Glenn himself, in a failed attempt to mask his own intense hatred of the man, George Bush, postures that he, Glenn, is the "true" conservative and that Bush is no more than a poseur.
The one point I would like to make in addition to the "personality cult" analysis is the false dichotomy which has been presented to us since 9/20 when GW declared that you are either "with us or against us".
glenngreenwald.blogspot.com /2006/02/do-bush-followers-have-political.html   (11004 words)

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