Mennesket i produktudviklingens tidsalder
Bragt i Psyke & Logos, 2002, nr. 1
The unilateral and excessive exploitation in present day "growth society"
of particular human qualities, at the expense of other, equally
necessary and vital qualities, leads to stress and burn-out among an
increasing number of people. A consequence of this insufficient
development of human potential is that an increasing number of people
have difficulty in coping with interpersonal confrontations and unavoidable
life crises alone, and thus consult a psychologist. Deficient and one-
sided development gives rise to physical as well as psychological
imbalances, which render people fragile, vulnerable and depressive.
The prevailing economic growth ideology, whose fundamental parameters
are growth, competition and success, not only dominates the
organisation and management of commerce and industry, but
increasingly spills over into state and educational sectors. The
adaptation and training of the work force, beginning at school age and
continuing into adult education and vocational training, increasingly
shows tendencies - influenced by modern learning and
management principles - towards a development of human resources
and qualities as products on a par with other commodities.
With a point of departure in the theory of development of A. H. Almaas,
based in part on a comprehensive knowledge of the dimensions and
qualities of the "self" of traditional wisdom schools, and in part on the
object relation theory of psychoanalysis, the paper suggests that the learning
and developmental principles of modern management are based on
narcissistic conceptions and ideals which, in the way they cultivate the
ideal employee, produce narcissistic personality types.