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Folie à deux: acting out your superior's fantasies

Author: Kets de Vries, Manfred F. R. INSEAD Area: Entrepreneurship and Family EnterpriseIn: Human Relations, vol. 31, no. 10, 1978 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 905-924.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask us for this itemAbstract: The phenomenon known from psychiatric literature as folie à deux is discussed from an organizational perspective. It is suggested that folie à deux is a regular occurrence in organizations. The psychodynamic processes which play a role in folie à deux, the determining variables, and related behavior patterns are examined. Analogies are drawn with other group processes. A model of folie à deux in organizations is presented, emphasizing particularly superior-subordinate relationships. Some of the consequences of folie à deux in organizations are indicated. Finally, possible ways of recognizing and dealing with this interpersonal process are explored
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The phenomenon known from psychiatric literature as folie à deux is discussed from an organizational perspective. It is suggested that folie à deux is a regular occurrence in organizations. The psychodynamic processes which play a role in folie à deux, the determining variables, and related behavior patterns are examined. Analogies are drawn with other group processes. A model of folie à deux in organizations is presented, emphasizing particularly superior-subordinate relationships. Some of the consequences of folie à deux in organizations are indicated. Finally, possible ways of recognizing and dealing with this interpersonal process are explored

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