Welcome to Clio's Psyche and the Psychohistory Forum.

Our mission is to enlarge and disseminate the related paradigms of applied psychoanalysis, political psychology, psychobiography, and of psychological history. We seek to do this in non-technical language.
Our goal is always to stimulate psychohistorical thought, publications, research, and teaching. Some specific objectives are as follows:

  • To encourage the general public to think psychohistorically
  • To disseminate psychohistorical knowledge
  • To communicate with Forum members and subscribers
  • To assist the networking of colleagues, especially in the Psychohistory Forum research groups
  • To grow the psychohistorical community and to the larger group of people interested in what we do
  • To help clinicians focus on history and current events
  • To assist academics in all disciplines — history, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, and so
    forth — to utilize the insights and tools of psychoanalysis, psychobiography, and psychology
  • To foster psychohistorical debate, discussion, listening, publication, research, and thought
  • To help transmit the knowledge of an older generation of psychohistorians to those just entering the field
  • To research and publish the history of our field, honoring the work of those who have built it.
  • To make available online obituaries of those who die, memorializing their work
  • To assist in the intergenerational transmission of ideas

In conclusion, we welcome others joining with us to achieve the goals articulated in this mission statement.


Paul H. Elovitz, PhD
Editor, Clio's Psyche

Reflections on Trump’s Celebrity Politics and Psychobiography

What makes Donald Trump tick? Was his basic character fixed at age five as he has stated? If so, what does it mean that his sister says he was a brat as a young child and that he repeatedly describes himself as working to be the toughest kid in the neighborhood? Are Mitt Romney and other Republican establishment correct in saying he canít be trusted with the presidency? Psychobiographical insights are useful tools in getting at the essence of Donald John Trump. Some topics covered are:
  • Trumpís narcissism, alpha personality, and sense of himself as seen on the edge of lunacy in pursuit of his vision
  • Trump as the reality TV billionaire candidate
  • Trumpís lifelong habit of raising a ruckus, ďplaying to peopleís fantasies,Ē and ďtestingĒ people
  • Trumpís identification with his father
  • Trumpís lifelong disinclination to have close friends, as opposed to allies
  • Trumpís name and its meaning
  • Trumpís pattern of attack/outrageous statement and disavowal
  • Trumpís embrace of what others see as faults, such as his short attention span
  • Trumpís attraction to models (wives 1 & 3) and actress (wife 2), 2 of them being foreign born, as his mother was
  • Trumpís campaign as an exemplar of celebrity politics and entertainment news
  • Psychological reasons behind why people vote for Trump
Dr. Elovitz, a presidential psychobiographer, focuses on probing the childhood, coping mechanisms, personalities, style of leadership, successes, failures, and values of candidates. He has researched Trump on the campaign trail, read his books, and the biographical studies of the billionaire real estate and reality TV mogul. Since 1976, he has researched presidents and future presidents, relying on his training as a psychotherapist, historian, and political scientist. He is founder and director of the Psychohistory Forum, a Contributing Editor of the Journal of Psychohistory, and editor of Clioís Psyche. He has taught at Temple, Rutgers, and Fairleigh Dickinson universities, as well as Ramapo College where he is a Founding Faculty Member. Below are excerpts from his article entitled ďReflections on Trumpís Celebrity Politics and Psychobiography.Ē

Read More from the March 2016 Issue Including "Obama's Tears

 

 


Table of Contents: March 2016

The Psychology of Fear and Hatred (Special Issue)

Hate and Its Ramifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 
              Neil Wilson
Hate, Like Love, Binds Us Together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227 
              C. Fred Alford
A Great Fear and Hatred: Suicide Bombers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 
              Marcia Anne Newton
Reflections on Racist Nationalist Hatred in Yeltsin’s Russia . . . . . . . . . . . . . .235  
              Sebastian Job
Dehumanizing Others, Torture, and Genocide: The Power of Hate . . . . . . . . . 240
              Ruth M. Lijtmaer
Why We Hate: The Easy Answer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
              Merle Molofsky
Portrait of a Terrorist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .247 
              Ira Brenner
Revoking Citizenship: The Malaise Afflicting France . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
              Marc-André Cotton
The Evolution of Rage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .254
              Joel Markowitz
Germanophobia and the Debut of the New Science of Propaganda . . . . . . . . . 256
              James Allen
Educating Against Hate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .262
              Peter W. Petschauer
Franz Herda: American-German . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .268
              Peter W. Petschauer
Psychoanalyzing the Political Rhetoric of Fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .269
              Robert Samuels
Donald Trump Gives Permission to Hate, Thus Easing Our Superegos . . . . . .273
              Anonymous

 

Conscience, Obama, Clinton, and Trump


Reflections on Trump’s Celebrity Politics and Psychobiography.  . . . . . . . . . .277
              Paul H. Elovitz
Conscience, Superego, and Muslims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286
              Paul Salstrom
Tears of Rage: President Obama and the Emotional Legacy of Newtown . . . .292
Ken Fuchsman
Fantasy Politics and an Imaginary Analysis of Hillary Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . 296 
              Paul H. Elovitz

Medieval People and Anti-Semitism


Two Medieval Lives: Hildegard of Bingen and William Marshal  . . . . . . . . . .300 
              Eva D. Papiasvili and Linda A. Mayers
A Window on Hatred and Persecution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307 
              Christina Stern


Spielberg, the Man and His Films


Steven Spielberg: The Quest to be a Moral Male . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312 
              Ken Fuchsman
Ode to ET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .318 
              Irene Javors

Masterpieces that Are the Through Lines for the 20th Century . . . . . . . . . . . . 320 
              Tom Ferraro

Book Reviews

Jewish Humor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324 
              Burton Norman Seitler
Marks’ Important History of the Modern World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .326 
              Jacques Szaluta
Reappraising the First President Bush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .329 
              Paul H. Elovitz

Memorial


Remembering Arno Gruen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332 
              Joyce Rosenberg and David Cifelli

Letter to the Editor


Terrorists as the Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334 
              Tom Gibbs

Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
Call for Papers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337

 


Table of Contents: December 2015

The Psychology of Terror and Terrorism (Special Issue)

Death Anxiety, Murder-Suicide, & the Impact of the News . . . .123 

            Paul H. Elovitz

Why the Suicide Bomber? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 

             Joyce M. Rosenberg

Contemporary Ritual Suicide and Mass Murder . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 

            Norman Simms

ISIS’ Sacrificial War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138  

            Victor Meladze

Understanding Radical Youth Terrorism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143 

            Peter Barglow

Reflections on Terrorists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 

            Herbert Barry III

The Deeper Threat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155 

            Tom Gibbs

Tea Bags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155 

            Tom Gibbs

Terror in Warfare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156 

            Lawrence Tritle

Petschauer’s Psychohistorical Poetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 

            Howard F. Stein

Attila, Fencer, Jew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 

            Peter Petschauer

 

Back into the Future. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 

             Peter Petschauer

Toward the End—April 1945 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 

            Peter Petschauer

Terrorizing Women in the Holocaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 

            Eva Fogelman

Psychohistorical Interviews

Historian and Psychoanalyst: D. J. Fisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .168 

            Paul H. Elovitz & Jacques Szaluta

Paul Elovitz on the Past, Present, and Future of Clio’s Psyche. .180

            Juhani Ihanus

Applied Psychohistory

 Putin’s Fulfillment of Russian History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196 

            Peter Petschauer

Mad Men and the Psychology of Nostalgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201 

             David Beisel

Resistances and Counter-Transference in Psychohistory . . . . . . 209 

            Juhani Ihanus

Book Reviews

Psychodynamic Inquiry is Verifiable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 

            Burton Seitler

From Shooting Animals to Soothing Dreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 

            Juhani Ihanus

Letter to the Editor

Defining “Terrorism” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .219 

             Don Carveth

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Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220

Call for Papers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .223

 

Table of Contents: June-Sept 2015

Psychohistory at the Crossroads Symposium

Psychohistory Is an Approach Rather than a Discipline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 

            David Lotto

Psychohistory’s Current State and Future Agenda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 

            Ken Fuchsman

The Value of Applied Psychohistory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10 

            Paul H. Elovitz

Psychohistory and the Historians: 1970-2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 

            David R. Beisel

A Comparison of Early Freudianism with the Psychohistorical Movement . . . .20 

            Paul H. Elovitz

Commentaries on the Five Papers

Psychohistory is a Valuable Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 

            Jay Y. Gonen

The Resurgence of Psychohistory in Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

            Joseph G. Ponterotto

Psychohistory: Movement or Discipline? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 

            Hans Bakker

Mindsets of Psychohistory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 

            Juhani Ihanus

Free Associations on My First Psychohistory Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 

            Trevor Pederson

A Perspective on Reflective Consciousness and Psychohistory . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 

            Marc-André Cotton

Psychohistory at the Crossroads of History, Science, and Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 

            Norman Simms

The Symposium Authors Reply

Selected Responses and Additional Thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 

            David Lotto

Comments on Crossroads and the IPA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 

            David Beisel

Crossroads within Psychohistory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 

            Ken Fuchsman

Professionalizing Psychohistory and Other Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

            Paul H. Elovitz

Symposium Related Articles

My Experience with Psychohistory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 

            Peter Petschauer

To Educate or Not to Educate in Psychoanalysis—and in Psychohistory. . . . . . 65 

            Juhani Ihanus

A Research Program for Psychohistory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 

            Brian D’Agostino

Three Psychohistorical Journals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 

            Paul H. Elovitz with David Cifelli

Insights from Psychohistorical Journal Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 

            David Cifelli and Paul H. Elovitz

Additional Articles

Baltimore: Reflections on Inner City Violence in America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 

            Neil Wilson and Paul H. Elovitz

Sigmund Freud’s “Psychological Treatment” of Anna Freud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

            Michael D. Clifford

Book Review

An Excellent Account of Alfred Dreyfus’ Ordeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 

            Jacques Szaluta

Meeting Reports

A European Psychohistory Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 

            Peter Petschauer

Clifford on Freud as the Leader of Psychoanalysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 

            Paul H. Elovitz

Memorials

My Mentor Eli Sagan (1927-2015): In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 

            Donald Carveth

Peter Gay (1923-2015): In Memoriam  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 

            Ken Fuchsman

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Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Call for Papers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 & 121

 



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