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The Institute for Psychohistory

140 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10024-2605
tel/ fax: (212) 799-2294

Psychohistory, the science of historical motivation, combines the insights of psychotherapy with the research methodology of the social sciences to understand the emotional origin of the social and political behavior of groups and nations, past and present. The center of psychohistorical research around the globe is The Institute for Psychohistory, which is headquartered in New York City and has 18 branches in other countries. The Institute is chartered by the State of New York as a not-for-profit educational corporation, the Association for Psychohistory, Inc., and for the past 28 years has published The Journal of Psychohistory, various books by The Psychohistory Press, and has been affiliated with the International Psychohistorical Association, which holds an annual convention. Its director is Lloyd deMause, whose work (see below for full texts) is used in most college courses in psychohistory. This website contains extensive material reproduced from The Journal of Psychohistory and from deMause's books: Foundations of Psychohistory, Reagan's America and The Emotional Life of Nations. It also contains addresses of Institute branches and links to the International Psychohistorical Association and other websites and discussion lists.

A special issue of The Journal of Psychohistory on "The Iraqi Quagmire" — with articles on "Making Iraq Into A Baby", "What's Coming In The Iraqi Quagmire", and "The Future Of American Pre-Emptive Wars" — is available by subscribing now at the half-price rate of $27.00 for one year. Just email your postal address to and this issue will be mailed to you along with an invoice.

The Journal of Psychohistory description and subscription information
"Branches of The Institute for Psychohistory"
Articles from The Journal of Psychohistory:
  "The Phallic Presidency" by Lloyd deMause
  "Teaching Psychohistory" by David Beisel
  "The History of Child Abuse" by Lloyd deMause
  "The Political Consequences of Child Abuse" by Alice Miller
  "25-Year Subject Index to the Journal" by Lloyd deMause
  "The Universality of Incest" by Lloyd deMause
  "Childhood Nightmares and Dreams of Revenge" by Alenka Puhar
  "'Heads and Tails': Money as a Poison Container" by Lloyd deMause
Foundations of Psychohistory by Lloyd deMause:
  Table of Contents

Chapters from The Emotional Life of Nations by Lloyd deMause:

  "The Assassination of Leaders"
  "The Gulf War as a Mental Disorder"
  "The Childhood Origins of Terrorism"
  "Restaging Early Traumas in War and Social Violence"
  "The Psychogenic Theory of History"
  "War as Righteous Rape and Purification"
  "Childhood and Cultural Evolution"
  "The Evolution of Childrearing"
  "The Evolution of the Psyche and Society"
Institute for Psychohistory Books
Lloyd deMause, psychohistorian