Erik Lenderman: Political Perspectives

Erik A Lenderman
Aug 6, 2018 · 4 min read

Erik Lenderman is the published author of ‘Principles of Practical Psychology’ as well as ‘Human Capital Management’, with over 15,000+ global readers as of 2018.

Many have asked: What are Erik Lenderman’s political perspectives with regard to U.S. and Global politics?

Erik Lenderman believes that the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights serve as some of the most effective means by which to legislate Civil Liberties into governance. These documents represent sacred and universal needs for all individuals — The rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

First and foremost, Erik Lenderman believes that the first step to establishing a comprehensive political perspective is to begin with the first premise: What is Politics from a Psychological Perspective?

Lenderman believes that one must take an empirical approach to Politics in order to develop the most effective means by which to describe events that are occurring and their cause-effect relationships. Therefore, rather than simply advocating for one of the most popular policy platforms vs. another, Erik Lenderman’s first objective is to establish the simplest observations of the behaviors of individuals and groups, their motivations, and their impact upon the world. This may be achieved through studying human behavior and the stages of development through which individuals and groups progress.

Democracy vs. Fascism

The U.S. and it’s Democratic values were placed on the world stage during WWII, when Nazi Germany was preparing to assume full control of Europe and next, the World. Therefore, we may benefit through a brief review of the psychological characteristics that promote the support of either Civil Liberties or Oppressive Regimes and Fascism.

Stages of Development

Erik Lenderman believes that human beings progress through a variety of stages of development, which may be broadly categorized through Ken Wilber’s framework, which includes the Egocentric, Ethnocentric, Worldcentric, and Integrative stages.

These stages of development produce cognitive processing capabilities, which range from Self-Oriented to Group oriented, Globally Oriented, and Integration oriented.

Stage 1: Egocentric

The Egocentric individual may promote political views that serve to benefit themselves, personally, at the expense of others — Sociopathic drives. Individuals who are possessed of strong Ego-centric and sociopathic drives may strive to establish fascist governments that serve only one leader at the expense of others. These represent the pathological characteristics of this stage of development. However, the ‘Healthy’ characteristics of this stage include the capacity to formulate a sense of self in relation to the world, which is benign and non-oppressive. Indeed, the ‘Healthy’ characteristics of egocentricity may even drive a U.S. soldier to persist through challenging trench warfare in order to demonstrate his or her personal strength and dominance over a malicious entity.

Stage 2: Ethnocentric

Meanwhile, the Ethnocentric individual may promote political views that are designed to benefit their preferred in-group (i.e. 1 Nation at the expense of another, 1 Race, 1 Religion, etc.). This may also result in a form of fascism, which naturally favors a single “in-group” at the expense of others. Conversely, Erik Lenderman continues to recognize Wilber’s view, which is that the ‘Healthy’ characteristics of Ethnocentricity are also critical for establishing a strong positive sense of community, which also serves to protect and promote the interests of a religious group or a nation. The positive psychological characteristics of this stage may include the promotion of bonding through political groups. This may include participating in a group that protects and promotes the values of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Stage 3: Worldcentric

Meanwhile, individuals who operate at the Worldcentric stage of development are more interested in serving the needs of all people. Therefore, Worldcentric governments may tend toward Democratic processes in which all members of a Nation and League of Nations participate (i.e. United Nations). These systems present the challenge of simultaneously protecting free speech while preventing the incitement of violence — These challenges continue in the U.S. to this day.

Stage 4: Integrative

Moreover, Erik Lenderman agrees with Wilber’s view that the ‘Integrative’ stage of development sets itself apart from the others, because this stage of development does not conflict with either the Egocentric, Ethnocentric, or Worldcentric stages of development. Rather, individuals who operate at this stage of development are capable of recognizing that these are natural developmental stages, which change over time. Therefore, individuals who operate at the Integrative stage of development tend to reach across the aisle in order to promote communication, peace, and diplomatic processes for the benefit of all parties.

Parties & Their Stages of Development

According to Erik Lenderman these stages of development span the full spectrum of political parties, which means that Republicans, Libertarians, Democrats, Independents, and many others may subscribe to their party’s platforms for a variety of reasons, which are informed by their dominant developmental drives.

To learn more, please review the ‘Principles of Practical Psychology’ and ‘Human Capital Management’ via Erik Lenderman on Amazon.

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