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"Complex" Executives I have "Met" in coaching and consulting

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This article looks at the meaning of the noun "complex" in its psychological sense: a cluster of related thoughts, feelings, memories, images and ideas - many of them pushed out of consciousness - dominated by an emotional theme. The article explores the nature and origin of complexes and then explores five complexes regularly encountered in organizational 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.

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