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Clio’s Psyche Call for Papers on Psychohistorical Perspectives on Psychoanalysts Special Issue

Papers are due June 15, 2017 for the Fall 2017 Issue

Dear Colleague:

There is a double value to using the psychohistorical lens to view psychoanalysts.  As with examining anyone who is creative, investigating a psychoanalyst enables us to better understand how the inner life underlies and produces that person’s accomplishments and helps account for that person’s failures and conflicts.  But psychoanalysts differ from most other creative people in a significant way.  They produce psychological ideas—such as theories, ways of comprehending the world, and methods of treatment.  Hence, a psychological investigation of them can show us the intimate connection between their life and work.  It is no coincidence that Freud, who developed the concept of the Oedipus complex, had, according to his own words, a searing Oedipus complex, and that Erik Erikson, originator of the idea of the identity crisis, had, as he tells us, an imposing struggle in developing his own identity.  Hence, psychobiography is a natural approach for looking at a psychoanalyst.  Beyond psychobiography, there are also the varied approaches of psychohistory; they bring into play societal and cultural influences, religion, historical trends, and group phenomena.  Numerous rich topics such as the following possible:

  • The endless complications of relationship between each of the most generative psychoanalysts, such as Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, Carl Jung, and Harry Stack Sullivan, and the followers of these original thinkers.
  • The tangled relationship that many psychoanalysts, from Freud to Erikson to Kohut, had with their Jewishness.
  • The effect of the turn away from God on the development of psychoanalysis which for some served as a replacement for religion.
  • Varying approaches and traditions: Argentinian, British, French, German, Swiss, U.S. and elsewhere.

Psychoanalysts from the past are a ripe topic for study, but so are living psychoanalysts.  In addition, groups of people, such as psychoanalytic institutes and associations, groups of collaborators (such as the colleagues around Anna Freud and Melanie Klein), and publishers of psychoanalytic journals and books, are also worthy of study.

For our “Psychohistorical Perspectives on Psychoanalysts” Fall 2017 Special Issue of Clio’s Psyche: we welcome your psychoanalytic and psychological thoughts on the topics above and others, such as:

  • Personal reflections on training and on inspiration from or disappointment with your psychoanalytic mentor(s)
  • Psychobiographical sketches of psychoanalysts, such as Freud, Winnicott, Mahler, Reuben Fine, Young-Bruehl and others
  • Legendary teachers of psychoanalysis, such as Elvin Semrad of Boston
  • Instructor and candidate relationships
  • Communities of analysts, such as the California Psychoanalytic Consortium
  • Influential publications and their publishers and editors, such as Harry Slochower of American Imago
  • Insights on prominent individuals or relationships at major Institutes, for example, Heinz Kohut and John Gedo at Chicago
  • Reviews of autobiographies, biographies, and books on seminal analysts

We seek articles from 500-2,500 words by June 15, 2017.  Please include key words, an abstract of under 100 words, and your brief biography ending in your e-mail address.  An abstract or outline by May 1 would be helpful.  Send them as attached Microsoft Word documents (*.docx) to  See the Writing Guidelines page on this site for more information.

I hope you can join this important endeavor.  Many of our subscribers tell us that they find our publication to be a lively, compelling read that provides in-depth analyses.  Please forward this Call for Papers to any colleagues (including associations or electronic mailing lists) who may be interested.  If you have any questions, please e-mail me at


Future Issues

Clio’s Psyche Call for Papers on The Psychology of Dependency, Individuation, and Self-Sufficiency in Families and Society

Papers are due September 15th for the Winter Special Issue

Dear Colleague,

We have come to a crossroads in our own country similar to that being encountered in the UK and in Europe, in which we can see a pull toward alliance with leaders who invite dependency rather than engagement over issues.  How can we understand this trend?  We live in a time in which we are inundated by information without sufficient capacity for reflective engagement.  Our educational systems compound this difficulty by turning toward achievement goals rather than the development of the reflective capacities so essential to a viable democratic process.

Human beings are born totally dependent on caregivers and the social structures in which they are embedded.  The press toward doing more leaves parents insufficiently attendant to children’s developmental needs, thereby increasing their dependence.  As higher education becomes more essential, the period of dependence has extended, exacerbated by high prices and difficulties securing viable employment.

The trend in politics toward substituting tag lines for facts and rhetoric for reason highlights a merchandizing of opinion that is alarming.  In many countries, citizens are divided by allegiances in ways that make them unable to recognize and work towards a common good.  Our politics show us the price of falling prey to our complacent illusions rather than working more actively to build the type of society we would like to have, as in the analysis of one of us, the Western world comes frighteningly close to Huxley’s Brave New World. 

We invite you to consider ways in which economic dependence and reflective failures are playing out in current times.  Our concern is the general issue of dependency as well as political and social dependency.  For our Winter Special Issue of Clio’s Psyche: Dependency and Self-Sufficiency Among Individuals in Society, we welcome your thoughts on these questions.

Our perspective is psychological with a preference for case studies:

  • How do human beings individuate after being raised in the incredibly long period of dependency in modern industrial society?
  • How does the family welfare system impact individuation?
  • What are case studies of dependency and individuation from the analytic couch and classroom?
  • Why are the most conservative parts of the country (the Sun Belt extending up into most mountain states) so anti-government, although they are the greatest beneficiaries of federal aid?
  • What lies beneath right wing and left wing rhetoric and illusions regarding our subject?
  • Why were the overwhelming majority of people at the Tea Party meetings I (PHE) attended social security recipients, even though the Tea Party takes a strong anti-government stand?
  • Why is the right wing so ready to attack “the nanny government” and the left wing seemingly indifferent to the issue of balanced budgets and other concerns of middle America?
  • How can government foster individuation rather than dependency?
  • How do our educational systems contribute to dependency?
  • How does transference to institutions and leaders influence our subject?
  • How do we understand the recent trends towards fascism in the US, UK, and Western Europe in relation to increasing dependency?
  • Reviews of relevant books, broadcasts, games, movies, music, or plays

We seek articles from 500-2,500 words—including seven to ten keywords, a 100-word abstract, and your brief biography ending in your e-mail address—by September 15, 2017.  An abstract or outline by July 1, 2017 would be helpful.  Send them as attached Microsoft Word document (*.docx) files to and  See the Writing Guidelines page on this site for more information.


We hope you can join this important endeavor.  Many of our subscribers tell us that they find our publication to be a lively, compelling read that provides in-depth analyses.  Please forward this Call for Papers to any colleagues (including associations or electronic mailing lists) who may be interested.  If you have any questions about our organization or journal, please e-mail me at

Sincerely yours,


Marilyn Charles, psychologist & psychoanalyst, Austen Riggs Center; Special Issue Co-Editor.


Paul Elovitz, historian, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, professor, and Editor, Clio’s Psyche


Clio’s Psyche is looking for articles on a variety of subjects.  Here are some special issues that we would welcome an informed guest editor or co-editors for articles on:

  • Psychobiography and Globalization
  • Psychology of Election 2016: Candidate Psychobiography,  Emotions, Political Illusions, and Realities
  • Environmentalism and Anti-Environmentalism
  • The Impact of Celebrity Culture on America
  • Dependency and Independency in the Family, Politics, and Society
  • TV as Object Relations: Our Emotional Connection to Fantasy
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Business Success
  • Images and Psychology of Enemies and Hatred through the Ages
  • The Intrapsychic and Societal Processes of the American Acceptance of Homosexuality
  • The Contemporary American Fascination with Animals
  • Anti-Government Fantasies and Civilization
  • The Psychology of Anti-Intellectualism and its Implications for Democracy