Psychoanalysis of the Ultimate conqueror: Napoleon Bonaparte

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”-

Napoléon Bonaparte

We aren’t talking about the world longest-reigning monarchs or the dreams of ruling the world. It’s about one of greatest conqueror we have ever known, the Napoleon Bonaparte.

The war was about to break out across the Europe. At the age of 15, Napoleon was admitted to the elite École Militaire in Paris, but was forced to complete the two-year course in just one after his father died of stomach cancer, leaving Napoleon as the family’s chief source of income. He became a commissioned officer just after his 16th birthday.

18 of May 1804, it was the day when the first Emporor of France was declared by senate. The time of French revolution wasn’t favorable for Napoleon to rule gracefully. But his numerous victories against the Austrians and largely spreading monarchs make him the ultimate conqueror of all the time.

I used to say of him [Napoleon] that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.

Quotes of the Duke of Wellington – The Napoleonic guide

So Today we are analyzing the greatest.

Psychopath or Sociopath (psychoanalysis of Napoleon)

If we see Napoleon with Modern psychological views, he tends towards more psychopathic nature, as Napoleon had no manifestation for fear, great tolerance and intelligence enough to manipulate anyone.

Basically Napoleon was born in Italy and his mother tongue was Italian. In school life he was being teased for his accent which sounds peasant. Apart from this fact that his schoolmates belongs to higher and wealthy families, his intellectual was enough to win them all. You may think at this points as developmental and social factor of his school life are indicating a more sociopathic manifestation, but it’s not. He was an ambitious student with exceedingly great aspirations. He was focused towards his goals and he knows the limit.

Characterizing Nepoleon

Napoleon was just an average person, not so handsome or with great personality that could be loved by anyone. This defines he wasn’t a narcissist as he wasn’t so likable at first sight. Additionally he didn’t have much of social skills of giving influencing speeches and creating intimacy for oneself.
But his leadership qualities manifested itself in his early life. He wasn’t a born leader, nobody is, but he have something to make people trust in his political propaganda.

Behavioral aspect of Napoleon

Historian often described Napoleon as disloyal.

Emotionless but not Cruel:

Another behavioral pattern noted by historian of Napoleon’s behavior. He was emotionally not so active but not socially cruel either. This distinguishing feature denote his psychopathic nature more clearly.

Napoleon Bonaparte psychoanalysis


Character archetype of Napoleon Bonaparte :

According to Carl’s Jung theory of human psyche, Napoleon can be categorized into following type of archetypes :

He belongs to Self kind, archetype – “The Ruler”.

Motto: Power isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
Core desire: control
Goal: create a prosperous, successful family or community
Strategy: exercise power
Greatest fear: chaos, being overthrown
Weakness: being authoritarian, unable to delegate
Talent: responsibility, leadership
The Ruler is also known as: The boss, leader, aristocrat, king, queen, politician, role model, manager or administrator.

Character archetype of Napoleon do match with many characteristic of rebel but he wasn’t a rebel.

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