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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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In addition, he sees Asimov as having suggested that the chaos-related development of the positronic brain was a necessary historical antecedent for the development of psychohistory, because the math necessary for the first was necessary for the development of the second.
Wilson's view on psychohistory was a radical departure from the views advanced by others positing an examination of the maintenance of social control in Western society.
Lloyd deMause (1988; see also 1974) maintained that 'the history of childhood had showed slow and steady progress over time, and that it was an evolutionary process which was determined mainly by psychodynamics within the parent-child relationship, rather than primarily by economic factors.' Reflecting on writing childhood history deMause (1988) argues that it has just begun and employing the approach of psychohistory, a field he helped to invent, he writes:
On the origins of psychoanalytic psychohistory. History of Psychology, 6(2), 171-194.
In doing so, he illustrates the interrelations of psychohistory (another category that M.
This function appears not to have been present for Mr R in his psychohistory, nor present in the form of a remembered internal object.
New York: Routledge, 2000; Joel Kovel, White Racism: A Psychohistory. New York: Columbia University Press, 1984; Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.
"Barack Obama and the cycle of American liberalism." The Journal of Psychohistory, 37, 147-159.
The narrative takes us from Jacob Burckhardt, Wilhelm Dilthey, and Johan Huizinga, through the Annales school of Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre, and on to a range of present-day practitioners (Peter Burke, Lynn Hunt, Natalie Zemon Davis, among others), having explicated along the way the basic concepts of an array of theoretical tendencies, including psychohistory, cultural materialism, and symbolic anthropology.
Lyden: In your long years of studying psychohistory in Vietnam and Nazism and cults, have you thought about the ways that storytellers tell stories and if we are human enough in our storytelling?
Admittedly, this is dangerous, as the atrocities sometimes committed in the name of psychohistory show.
While Lock's method here should never be confused with the speculative psychohistory that has occasionally intruded into Burke studies over the years, there are a few cases where Lock himself might appear to overwork the evidence for the sake of consistency.