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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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Given Wilson's approach to psychohistory, mythology is a psychological construct that assists people in understanding history, creating meaning and making sense out of their contemporary reality.
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:
Seldon's message to the Foundationers offers a kind of divine election through the science of psychohistory whereby the Foundation becomes an entity with majestic power and a destiny of becoming "the seeds of Renascence and the future founders of the Second Galactic Empire" (Foundation 80-81).
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.
Other studies by social psychologists rely mainly on psychohistory methodology to examine the impact of ideology, alienation, and national identity (Montero, 1997) on positive and negative attributions, not on temperament.
The psychohistory of 'old wives' tales' extends to the history of performance, notable in Lamb's analysis of Shakespeare's production of William Kemp as an amateur performer and Jonson's delineation of an aesthetics of high and low through the bodies of the dancers in his masques.
Asylums that had offered medical care, refuge, and safety were condemned to the trash heap of psychohistory.
Sorotzkin, "The Denial of History: Clinical Implications of Denying Child Abuse," Journal of Psychohistory, vol.
Then in the twentieth century, historians and biographers began looking at aspects of Washington as the fashion shifted to "the-man-and-his-times" or psychohistory.
Eschewing psychohistory, the author paints a portrait of Stalin which is the most rounded we have in any language.