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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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They hired Massachusetts Institute of Technology psychohistorian Bruce Mazlish and architectural writer David Handlin as "historical consultants," dispatched notetakers to spy on the less-than-clandestine operations of the community sorts at the annual National Association of Olmsted Parks meeting and may even sponsor an Olmsted conference.
This book will interest historians of medical practice, cultural studies scholars, psychohistorians and literary critics concerned with problems that are still with us: sexuality and the quest for solutions to erectile dysfunction, the obsession with physical appearance and body image, approaches to pain management and coping with aging.
To return to Turner, he asks, "why do we need to make grandiose claims for the materials we have unearthed, to adopt the guise of psychohistorians or social anthropologists or grand theorists of identity?" (178).
Still trickling out decades after they were made, the hours of audiotape that Nixon clandestinely recorded in the Oval Office are Kickapoo Juice for parched psychohistorians.
Uwe Flecker's essay on power comes fairly close to grasping the nature of the confusions, illogicalities, and contradictions in the attacks against modernism and degeneracy, yet it still glosses over the very features that are the heart of Peter Cohen's The Architecture of Doom: the Nazi obsession with cleanliness, health, and racial purity, and the hysteria psychohistorians like Lloyd de Mause trace back to childrearing abuses in German-speaking lands in the late nineteenth century--early toilet training, antimasturbation controls, and domestic violence and similar attempts by the rural petite bourgeoisie and urban middle classes to compensate for the loss of traditional family values.
There is nothing sacred about it that would depend on the individual genius of Hari Seldon: the Second Foundation psychohistorians "have learned more than Seldon ever knew, and ...
The psychohistorians of the 1970s believed that the history of the Third Reich could be discerned from Hitler's mother's cancer, the plot of Lohengrin, and even quantitative analysis of the Fiihrer's genitalia.
The ironic outcome thus far is that Diana Trilling is--apparently in direct contradiction to her intention to demythologize Lionel--ultimately responsible for launching a new, deflationary myth about her husband and turning him into a case study for the psychobiographers and psychohistorians. Whatever the eventual result, it is clear that the psychoanalytic autopsy reports of her husband, triggered by her 1993 memoir of their marriage, represents a complex, fascinating portrait of "the Trilling family romance"--with all the Oedipal implications of Freud's original phrase.
The particular villains are "Straussians," "Psychohistorians," and "Southern Conservatives." This labeling leads to some bizarre interpretations of other people's work.
Even psychohistorians have discovered the Empire: a recent call for papers was made on the subject of "America as an Imperial Power?
Bradford while also dealing with the imaginative but not always enlightening efforts of enterprising psychohistorians like George B.
After reading Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation novels, he nurtured a secret desire to be one of Asimov's "psychohistorians"--futuristic social scientists who could predict the course of human history.