The hidalgo Spanish ethnopsychology
(character) is discussed in
Therivel's GAM/DP Theory of Personality and Creativity.
The Spaniards as UP Hidalgos
The above is the title of chapter 6 of volume 2 of
William A. Therivel's The GAM/DP Theory of Personality
and Creativity (G stands for genetic
endowment, A for assistances of youth, M
for misfortunes of youth, DP for division of
power, UP for unity of power). For an introduction
to the GAM part of the theory click "Introduction
to GAM"; for an introduction to the DP
part click on "Introduction
In this website, the reader is also offered a shortcut:
The GAM/DP Synopsis
and an expanded version, The GAM/DP
Summary of volumes 1 through 4.
Hereafter I report the table of contents and the first
part of the introduction of this long chapter.
This chapter is divided into the following sections:
3. Honor, Honra, Pride,
5. The UP Hidalgo King
6. No Feudalism, No Renaissance,
No Bourgeoisie in Spain
This chapter is also an
applied one, devoted to a UP interpretation of a limited
number of evolving aspects of the Spanish ethnopsychology
(leaving aside regional differences). Within the confines
of this interpretation, the Spaniards are seen as UP
hidalgos, in which the modifier UP is there as a constant
reminder that I will discuss only those aspects of the
Spanish ethnopsychology that I see relating both to
Spain's unique history and to the impact on its people
of the unity of power of its kings, noblemen, and churchmen.
As with the preceding chapter, on the French as UP Neo-Romans,
what I will say is in part universal (the long-term
negative impact of the unity of power) and in part specific:
specific to Spain and its history.