Max Weber, Sigmund Freud, Charismatic Power, and Political Leadership

May 17, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 PM


Presented by Peter Loewenberg, PhD

Psychoanalysis is a social science as well as a humanistic hermeneutic and a psychological science. Dr. Loewenberg compares the lives and thought of two great Central European shapers of modern culture, Sigmund Freud (1856- 1939), creator of psychoanalysis, and Max Weber (1864-1920), founder of modern interpretive comparative sociology. Weber was a contemporary of Freud who was the shaper of social science method. He explores their lives and insights on leadership, political power and domination and applies their insights to empirical leadership functions in the current world.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

• Describe the theoretical contributions of Weber and Freud as they apply to leadership, political power, and domination.

• Examine the nature of charismatic leadership in the political process and accepted empirical leadership functions in the current world

• Explain how Weber’s analysis of the Protestant ethic interface with Freudian psychodynamics

Peter Loewenberg, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of History and Political Psychology at UCLA. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst and former Dean of the New Center for Psychoanalysis. He was elected North American Representative on the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) Board. He Chaired the IPA China Committee, 2007-2013. He is the author of many publications, including Decoding the Past: the Psychohistorical Approach (1996) and Fantasy and Reality in History (1995). He is Editor (with Nellie Thompson) of 100 Years of the IPA (1910-2010) (2011). He was elected an Honorary Member of the German Psychoanalytic Association (DPV), was the Sir Peter Ustinov Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, and received the Nevitt Sanford Award for his professional contributions to the field of Political Psychology. He served as Chair of the Committee on Research and Special Training of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Winner of the first Edith Sabshin Award "for excellence in teaching psychoanalytic concepts" in 1999, he is also the recipient of Fulbright, Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Austrian Ministry of Education, Pro Helvetia, and Max Planck Institute für Geschichte fellowships and many other honors.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:00-10:00 PM

Pricing & CE Credits

2 CE Credits

General admissions: $40 with CE Credit

NCP member discount: $20 with credit

$20 without CE Credit

Free for Clinical Associates, interns, residents and students



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of these CME/CE programs have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum number of 2 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.