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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.
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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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All of this takes place, moreover, because far from resolving ambivalence toward paternal imagoes (as the Oedipus complex is conventionally said to do), the Oedipal crisis in these cases institutionalizes ambivalence as the psychohistorical foundation of identity.
Although de Mause's own approach is imaginatively and boldly psychohistorical, the contributions to his volume are often more standard (and some would say more reliable) studies organized by era in a coherent sequence.
In his subsequent work, Pamuk developed as a litterateur in two directions at once: as an experimental technician of narrative and as a psychohistorical anthropologist of national culture and identity.
Granovskii and the Roots of the Politics of Enlightenment, 1813-1844: A Psychohistorical Inquiry" (Ph.D, diss., Indiana University, 1971); Daniel Field, "Kavelin and Russian Liberalism," Slavic Review 32, 1 (1973): 59-78; Nicholas S.
From either a literary-historical or psychohistorical perspective, however, the overthrow of the father is illusory.
My entree to the theme is Erik Erikson's 1969 psychobiographical and psychohistorical work, Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence.
Explaining Washington's later conversion to antislavery, Wiencek gives us an armchair psychohistorical analysis: "I believe that he had in his mind events in Williamsburg.
I used the medical metaphor "superpower syndrome" as the title of my book to suggest that these extreme policies are psychologically of a piece: part of an overall constellation that includes a sense of omnipotence and aspiration toward what I call "fluid world control." The approach is essentially psychological (or "psychohistorical"), as Arthur Pierson states, but is meant to shed light on political and military behavior and on the motivations behind that behavior.
Postman (1992), in his psychohistorical account of technology, affirms that new technologies, and our relationship to them, affect the way we feel about our lives, others and ourselves.
Harris offers a psychohistorical dissection of cannibal-criminal