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Executive Complexes (2007)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"Executive complexes regularly encountered in orgs"

An executive “complex” is a psychological state which consists of a cluster of related thoughts, feelings, memories, images and ideas—many of them pushed out of consciousness—dominated by an emotional theme. This article explores the nature and origin of executive complexes and presents five complexes regularly encountered in organisational coaching and consulting work.: the God complex, the Sisyphus complex, the Nobel Prize complex, the Monte Cristo complex, the Troll complex, and the Faust complex. Ways of identifying and coping with a complex are also examined.

Organizational Dynamics, 2007

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