I am honored to be able to add my modest contribution to the Clio’s Psyche Festschrift honoring Howard Stein and his work. I first met Howard at an International Psychohistorical Association (IPhA) conference sometime in the 1980s. Subsequently, I have seen him and been able to talk with him at many of these conferences. I have eight of his books on my bookshelves, two co-authored with Seth Allcorn, and have written the forward to their recent book on Trump and his followers. As the editor of The Journal of Psychohistory, I have been involved in publishing a series of eight articles, most of which have been co-authored with Seth, between 2017 and 2021 that, in various ways, are relevant to the goal of trying to make sense of the Trump phenomenon.

I have always felt that Howard is a kindred spirit. We share some sensibilities, chiefly ethical positions and concerns. In our writing, we pay attention to the many realms where man’s inhumanity to man manifests itself, with the desire to understand what makes this so and what might be done about it. There is also our shared awareness of the destructive effects managed care has had on the way both patients and health care professionals are treated in contemporary corporate-run America.

Howard’s view of the world is thoroughly psychoanalytic, by which I mean he always has an eye on unconscious motivation. He is quite familiar with many of the schools of psychoanalytic

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thought and applies his knowledge of these theories in developing his analyses of the subjects he is studying. Also a consummate psychohistorian, Howard applies his knowledge of psychological processes and the power of unconscious motivation, along with specifically psychohistorical methods and ways of understanding, to the important processes and events, both past and present, which he has chosen to explore.

Howard has been a voice for humanistic values and the ethical positions that they entail throughout his career. In his role as a consultant, he has become a witness to the wave of “downsizing” (basically firing workers), and the kind of reality this has created in contemporary corporate America.

Becoming familiar with Howard’s writings and getting to know him has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my involvement with psychohistory. I’m looking forward to more.

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Authors:

David Lotto

David Lotto, PhD, is a veteran psychologist, psychoanalyst, and psychohistorian who is a longtime member of the Psychohistory Forum. He practices psychotherapy in Western Massachusetts, edits The Journal of Psychohistory, and may be reached at dlotto@nycap.rr.com.

How to Cite This:

Lotto, D. (2022). Howard Stein: A kindred spirit. In D. R. Beisel, P. H. Elovitz, & N. D’Andria (Eds.), Howard Stein Festschrift. Clio’s Psyche, 29(1), 99-100.

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