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The combined use of psychology (especially psychoanalysis) and history in the writing, especially of biography, as in the work of Erik Erikson.
See also: psychography.


n. pl. psychohisto·ries
A psychological or psychoanalytic interpretation or study of historical events or persons: the psychohistory of the Nazi era.

psy′cho·his·tor′i·an (-hĭ-stôr′ē-ən, -stŏr′-) n.
psy′cho·his·tor′i·cal (-hĭ-stôr′ĭ-kəl, -stŏr′-) adj.
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