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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

 

 

 


Table of Contents

Understanding the “Why” of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society

Volume 23 Number 3                         Spring 2017


Freud’s Death Drive, Suicide, and Suicidal Terrorism Symposium

Freud’s Death Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225

               Inna Rozentsvit

Freud’s Death Drive in Our Era of Suicide and Suicidal Terrorism . . . . . .. . .230

               Paul H. Elovitz

Suicide Terrorism, Todestrieb, and the Inner World . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . 238

               Matthew H. Bowker

Probing the Unconscious Rather than Suicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 244

               Claudia Frank

What Is the Death Instinct and Does It Apply to Psychohistory? . . . . . . . . .. .248

               Ken Fuchsman

Vicissitudes of the Death Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252

               Juhani Ihanus

Suicide: A Psychosocial Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .257

               Allan Mohl

The Psyche’s Ability to Adapt: A Counter to the Death Instinct? . . . . . . . . . .262

               Joyce Rosenberg

Murderous Suicidal Leaders: Hitler and Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .266

               Paul Salstrom

Is the Death Instinct Still Alive? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..270

               Jack Schwartz

Reflections on the Human Condition As We Face Death . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .274

               Norman Simms

Ambivalence about Freud’s Death Instinct and Diverse Views of Suicide. . . 277

               Paul H. Elovitz

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Using Psychoanalytic Insights in Memorializing 9/11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281

               Billie Pivnick

 

Conquerors, Migrants, and Refugees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 285

               Peter Petschauer

Refugees . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .291

               Peter Petshcauer

Moral Injury and Suicide in Combat Veterans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292

               Jamshid A. Marvasti and Anton Power

Thinking about Empathy and Altruism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .297

               Richard Booth

The Political Future of John F. Kennedy, Jr.: An Unmet “Calling”? . . . . . . . . 302

               Joseph G. Ponterotto

Ken Fuchsman: Scholar of the Human Condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .310

               Paul H. Elovitz

Memorial

Bruce Mazlish (1923-2016): In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .326

               Paul H. Elovitz

Meeting Report

Psychohistorical Insights Prior to the 2016 Election . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .328

               David Cifelli with Paul H. Elovitz

Film Review

A Man Working for Peace Amidst Murderous Hatreds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330

               Don Carveth

Letters to the Editor

Probing Trump, Clinton, and the Electorate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .332

               Tom Ferraro

Resisting Female Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334

               Candace Orcutt

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Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335

Call for Papers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337


Understanding the “Why” of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society

Volume 23 Number 2                         Winter 2017


How People and Society Change Symposium

Reflections on How People and Society Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

               Paul H. Elovitz

Ambivalence Toward Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

               Dan Dervin

Against the Cult of Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117

               Juliana Dresvina

Progress and Its Resistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

               Ken Fuchsman

Prenatal Influences Restrict Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

               Ludwig Janus

The Problem of Regression  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126

               David Lotto

Free Association on Change in People and Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

               Jamshid A. Marvasti

Reflections on Elovitz on Change. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

               Eva D. Papiasvili

Transformational Change to Repair the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

               Merle Molofsky

When the Pain Is Greater Than the Gain, Change Takes Place. . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

               Burton Norman Seitler

Gradual Change in 18th & 19th Century Germany. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  142

               Peter Petschauer

Varieties of Individual and  Societal Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .146

               Paul H. Elovitz

Brexit Special Issue

An Introduction to the Brexit Special Issue: Why Did It Happen? . . . . . . . . . . 150

               Joyce Rosenberg

Brexit and the Rejection of Political Correctness and Immigration . . . . . . . . . 151

               Juliana Dresvina

Brexit: A View from Scotland and Ireland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

               Alex Woolf

Voting with the Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  158

               Alice Jorgensen

Brexit Shock: A Case Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163

               Samuel Cohn

Educating for Division: A View from Post-Brexit Britain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

               Nick Duffel

British Voters and Child Abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173

               Marc-André Cotton

Democracy, Tribalism, and Political Visions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .177

               Paul Salstrom

After Brexit and Toward “TrumPutin”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

               Juhani Ihanus

The Psychology of Extreme Nationalism Special Feature

Regressive Modernism, Fear, and Fromm’s Escape from Freedom . . . . . . . . . 185

               Peter Lange

Glorious Nation/s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

               Peter Petschauer

Nationalist Leadership: Hitler, Mussolini, Berlusconi, Putin, and Trump . . . . . 192

               Peter Petschauer

David Lotto—Featured Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197

               Paul H. Elovitz

Book Reviews

Lincoln’s Forever Friendship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207

               Peter Barglow

Sudhir Kakar’s Contributions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

               Alan Roland

Presidents as Fathers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212

               Paul H. Elovitz

Memorials

Remembering John Forrester: Cambridge Historian of Psychoanalysis . . . . . . .214

               David Cifelli and Paul Elovitz

Elie Wiesel: A Leader for Post-Holocaust Generations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  216

               Eva Fogelman

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Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

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


Understanding the “Why” of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society

Volume 23 Number 1                         Fall 2016


The Psychology of Election 2016

A Presidential Psychobiographer’s Countertransference to Trump . . . . . . . . . . . 1

               Paul H. Elovitz

Humiliation, Salvation, and Complicity on the 2016 Campaign Trail . . . . . . . . . 9

               David Beisel

Charisma, Personality, and Nastiness in the 2016 Presidential Primaries. . . . . . 17

               Ted Goertzel

Why I Support Sanders and Not Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

               Molly Bond

The Emotional and Political Appeal of Anti-Establishment Politics . . . . . . . . .23

               David Cifelli

Explaining the Popularity of Trump and Sanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

               Ken Fuchsman

Reverend Coughlin and Donald Trump . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

               Paul Salstrom

Voting for Global Welfare or America First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

               Herbert Barry

Two Progressive Lives: Hillary Clinton and Ann Dunham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

               Dinesh Sharma

Psychobiography and Psychohistory in a Global Context

The First Finnish Psychobiography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

               Juhani Ihanus

Psychobiography in Anthropology: Life History across Cultures . . . . . . . . . . . .47

               Robert A. LeVine

Bobby Fischer, the Cold War, and the Global Reach of Psychobiography . . . . .52

               Joseph G. Ponterotto

My Psychobiography Outside the USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

               Norman Simms

Additional Articles

The Ritual Sacrifice of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

               Ted Goertzel

Women’s Voices in Psychoanalysis: Erased or Forgotten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

               Eva D. Papiasvili

Book Reviews

A New Introduction to Psychology of Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

               Natha Carlin

What Parsifal Saw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

               Jay Y. Gonen

The Importance of Psychoanalytic Insights on the Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

               Susan Kassouf

Remembering the Overlooked Woman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82

               Merle Molofsky

The Need for Conversation in Our Digital Era . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

               Joyce Rosenberg

Memorial

In Remembrance of Mel Spiro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

               David Cifelli and Joyce M. Rosenberg

Letters to the Editor

It’s Time for a Woman President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

               George Brown

Holding Women to a Higher Standard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91

               Frederick Stecker

Attachment, Childrearing, and Marriage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92

               Ken Fuchsman

An American Reflects on Germany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

               Peter W. Petschauer

A Valuable Forum Meeting on Attachment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96

               Tom Ferraro

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Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Call for Papers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100


Understanding the “Why” of Culture, Current Events, History, and Society

Volume 22 Number 4                         March 2016


The Psychology of Fear and Hatred

Special Issue

Hate and Its Ramifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

               Neil Wilson

Hate, Like Love, Binds Us Together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227

  1. 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

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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

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Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335

Call for Papers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337


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