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Notice of the new Psychobiography Research and Publication Group of the Forum: 

This link will describe a definition of psychobiography and the following: our vision, mission statement, membership benefits, and methodology. 

If you are or becoming a psychobiographer, to join, fill out this membership questionnaire.

The Many Roads of the Builders of Psychohistory was published on November 9th and is available from ORI Academic Press in ebook ($19.99) and softcover ($24.99) formats. 

Call for Papers:

Call for Papers due on January 15, 2023, are on:
The Psychoanalysis and Psychology of Fear

Ongoing Call for Papers:
Psychobiography

Additional Call for Papers are on a variety of special issues. Some upcoming Call for Papers are on The Psychology of Film and Screens Our Anxious Digitally Connected World.

Links enabling you to view some recent Psychohistory Forum meetings.
Lawrence Friedman Psychohistory Forum  Meeting, “Erik Erikson Retrospective” 4-13-19
Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3
Brian D’agostino Psyohistory Forum Meeting 3-9-19 (TBA)
David Lotto Meeting, “The Male Perspective on Sex and Power in the Age of #MeToo Meeting Report” 1-26-2019
Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4

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 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 Psychohistory Forum members and Clio’s Psyche subscribers
  • To assist the networking of colleagues, especially in the Forum research groups
  • To grow the psychohistorical community and 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, anthropology — 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

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

1994   2019


Paul H. Elovitz, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Clio’s Psyche (CliosPsycheEditor@gmail.com)
Inna Rozentsvit, MD, Associate Editor (inna.rozentsvit@gmail.com)
Peter W. Petschauer, PhD, Book Review Editor (petschauerpw@appstate.edu)

Editorial Board
C. Fred Alford, PhD University of Maryland • James William Anderson, PhD Northwestern University • David R. Beisel, PhD RCC-SUNY • Donald L. Carveth, PhD York University • Marilyn Charles, PhD Austen Riggs Center • Lawrence J. Friedman, PhD Harvard University • Ken Fuchsman, EdD University of Connecticut • Peter Loewenberg, PhD UCLA • Denis O’Keefe, PhD New York University • Peter W. Petschauer, PhD Appalachian State University • Vamık Volkan, MD University of Virginia

Membership of the Monthly Meeting Leadership Team of Clio and the Psychohistory Forum
Paul H. Elovitz, PhD, Chair Ramapo College and the Psychohistory Forum • James W. Anderson, PhD Northwestern University and Private Psychoanalytic Practice Ken Fuchsman, EdD University of Connecticut • Juhani Ihanus, PhD University of Helsinki • David Lotto, PhD Journal of Psychohistory and Private Psychoanalytic Practice • Claude-Hélène Mayer, PhD University of Johannesburg • Denis O’Keefe, PhD New York University • Peter W. Petschauer, PhD Appalachian State University • Inna Rozentsvit, MD Object Relations Institute • Vamık Volkan, MD University of Virginia

Psychohistory

What happened why is the historian’s
 Agenda.  What potentially extends
 To every action of the common man’s,
 So that the controversy never ends
 Concerning which bits of the human past
 To privilege. The stakes are high because
 The what can shape the why.  Why empires last,
 Or birth rates fall, or tools emerge, or laws,
 Are loaded questions that construe the what
 As empires, birth rates, tools, or laws—that float
 These as the active entities and not
 The people doing what those terms denote.
 All whats come down to human doings.  See:
 All whys thus end in psychohistory.
 

Rudolph Binion
Written for the annual compendium of Clio’s Psyche

Announcements and Forthcoming Events

Winter 2023, Volume 29 Number 2, of Clio’s Psyche is forthcoming.  Table of Contents coming soon.  To join/subscribe, see Membership.  Back Issue Spring 2022, Volume 28 Number 3, can be viewed online.

Jim Anderson’s (Northwestern University/psychoanalyst) “Heinz Kohut’s Vulnerable Self, His Reaction to the Holocaust, and his Break with the Psychoanalytic Establishment” presentation was held in person and virtually on November 12, 2022.  Additional seminars will be announced online. 

Interview with Paul H. Elovitz, PhD

Author of The Making of Psychohistory

(Conducted by Ken Fuchsman, EdD,

week of July 2, 2018)

Read Excerpts from Ch. 1 and Ch. 2 and Table of Contents from The Making of Psychohistory.

NOW AVAILABLE: The Making of Psychohistory: Origins, Controversies, and Pioneering Contributors by Dr. Paul H. Elovitz, PhD – Ordering information through the publisher (as a paperback ISBN # 978-1-138-58749-6, it is reduced at checkout at the Routledge publisher’s site with the code FLR40 from $38.95 to $31.16).


Most Recent Tables of Contents

Clio’s Psyche

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

Winter 2023               Volume 29 Number 2

Psychoanalysis of Music/Musicians & Poetry About Music: Part I

Music, Musicians, and Psychohistory: Beyond the Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
                 Howard F. Stein
Music and Political Stance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
                 Donna Crawley
A Commentary by Musicians/Musician Educators on Stein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134
                 John R. Lamkin II, Janice Berry Edwards, & Martin J. Lamkin
Classical Music, Psychohistory, and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138
                 Martin Quitt
Ideology in the Sheets and Music in the Streets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
                 Gabriel C. Pascua
Music for Ideology or Self-Exploration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
                 Juhani Ihanus
Ella and Enid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152
                 Ethelbert Miller
The Joys of Engagement in Music and Psychoanalysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
                 Michael C. Singer
Two Guitars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158
                 Tom Gibbs
How the Voice of Bruce Springsteen Entered My Consulting Room . . . . . . . .159
                 Ona Lindquist
The Lifeguard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
                 Ethelbert Miller
The Power of Song: A Synergy of Music and Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165
                 Merle Molofsky
Poem in the Key of C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
                 Ethelbert Miller
An Intersection Between Music and Mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
                 Julie Jaffee Nagel
Music in My Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .175
                 Herbert Barry III
Playing Piano, Checkers, and Chess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
                 E . Ethelbert Miller & Miho Kinnas
Psychohistorians of Music and Musicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
                 David Beisel
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience: Part II
Working through Transgenerational Transmission of Traumas . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
                 Marc-André Cotton
Hiding Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .192
                 Gabriela Gusita
Putting Intergenerational Trauma in Context . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
                 Dorothea Leicher
The Unique Breakthroughs to Love in Marriage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
                 Peter W. Petschauer
Babi Yar: The Scar that Does Not Heal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
                 Ira Brenner
Three Leitmotifs for Sequencing Transgenerational Transmission . . . . . . . . . 208
                 Maurice Apprey
Resilience in Descendants of Holocaust Survivors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215
                 Eva Fogelman
Where Does Binion’s Traumatic Reliving Fit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .223
                 Paul H. Elovitz
Psychobiography
Illustrating How Abusive Childhood Endangers Our World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
                 Sven Fuchs
Utilizing Psychobiography to Moderate Symptoms of SAD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .234
                 Robert F. Mullen
The Felt Toxicity of Psychobiography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
                 Robert D. Stolorow & George E. Atwood
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Interview of Pam Steiner on the Armenian Genocide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .243
                 Inna Rozentsvit & Paul Elovitz
Book Reviews
Psychohistorical Odysseys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
                 Kenneth Alan Adams
Transforming Shame Toward Growth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250
                 Juhani Ihanus
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Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
Call for Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 & 255

 

Fall 2022               Volume 29 Number 1

Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience: Part I
Transgenerational Phenomena and its Relationship to Psychohistory . . . 1
                
Inna Rozentsvit
The Transgenerational Influence of My War-Traumatized Mother. . . . . .8
                
Martin Miller
Forever Haunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
                 Howard F. Stein
Do Not Say We Have Nothing: The Chinese Cultural Revolution . . . . .14
                 Jun Lu
Intergenerational Transmission in the Elovitz Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
                 Paul H. Elovitz
Can Resilience Be Transmitted Intergenerationally? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
                 Burton Norman Seitler
Transgenerational: A Hole in the Soul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
                 Inna Rozentsvit
Our Emotions Projected onto Television, Podcasts, Movies, Electronic Devices (Media as Object Relations)
The Transformative Nature of Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
                 Juhani Ihanus
Probing Some of My Emotional Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
                 Paul H. Elovitz
Emotional Engagement with Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
                 Susan Kavaler-Adler
I Love My Pet Rock: Attachment to People and Things . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
                 Richard Booth
For the Love of Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
                 Peter W. Petschauer
Holding on to My Loved Ones Through Beautiful Objects . . . . . . . . . . 66
                 Brenda Solomon
Fluido Con Affetto: The Role of Flow and Emotion in Music . . . . . . . . .69
                 Michael A. Faber & Julie M. Licata
The Power of the Film Medium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
                 Marilyn Fabe
Emotional Attachment to Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
                 Donna Crawley & Alexandra E. Gibson
Howard Stein Festschrift: Part II
The Temporary Eclipse of Place in Ancient Athens  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
                 Charles W. Nuckolls
A Book of Healing Musical Poetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
                 Inna Rozentsvit
Howard Stein: A Kindred Spirit  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
                 David Lotto
A Psychohistorical Namaskar for Howard F. Stein  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
                 Kenneth Alan Adams
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Authoritarianism vs. Democracy: Poland After 2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102
                 Krystyna Sanderson
Leaders’ Lies Matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
                 Peter W. Petschauer
Interview with Thomas Ferraro: Sports Psychoanalyst . . . . . . . . . . . . .111
                 Paul H. Elovitz
First Year Report of the Psychobiography Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Book Review
Growing Up as the Daughter of Annie and Wilhelm Reich . . . . . . . . . 116
                 Peter W. Petschauer
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Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Call for Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109, 110, & 121