“I Have to Be All Things to All People”: Jim Jones, Nurture Failure, and Apocalypticism

@inproceedings{Kelley2019IHT,
  title={“I Have to Be All Things to All People”: Jim Jones, Nurture Failure, and Apocalypticism},
  author={James L. Kelley},
  year={2019}
}
In 1978, Jim Jones and over 900 of his followers perished in what has been called “The Jonestown Massacre”. This study uses methods of psychobiography and objection relations theory to account for Jones’ lifelong ambivalence toward those to whom he acted as caregiver. The author proposes a psychological schema he names “nurture failure” to account for Jim Jones’ style of leadership, which mixed solicitude with violence in the context of a religious organization that promised to right all of… Expand

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