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Psychohistory, the science of historical motivations, combines the insights of psychotherapy with the research methodology of the social sciences to understand the emotional origin of the social and political behavior of groups and nations, past and present. The center of psychohistorical research around the globe is The
Association for Psychohistory, which is headquartered in New York City and has 18 branches in other countries. The Institute is chartered by the State of New York as a not-for-profit educational corporation, the Association for Psychohistory, Inc., and for the past 40 years has published The Journal of Psychohistory, various books by The Psychohistory Press, and has been affiliated with the International Psychohistorical Association, which holds an annual convention. Its director is Lloyd deMause, whose work (see below for full texts) is used in most college courses in psychohistory. This website contains extensive material reproduced from The Journal of Psychohistory and from deMause's books: Foundations of Psychohistory, Reagan's America, The Emotional Life of Nations and The Origins of War in Child Abuse. It also contains addresses of Institute branches and links to the International Psychohistorical Association and other websites and discussion lists.

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View and download articles free from The Journal of Psychohistory:
  "The History of Child Abuse" by Lloyd deMause
  "The Political Consequences of Child Abuse" by Alice Miller
  "25-Year Subject Index to the Journal" by Lloyd deMause
  "The Universality of Incest" by Lloyd deMause
  "On Writing Childhood History" by Lloyd deMause
  "The Childhood Origins of the Holocaust" by Lloyd deMause
  "A Suicidal Embrace: War As Self-Punishment And Suicide" by Jerrold Atlas
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Foundations of Psychohistory by Lloyd deMause:
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Reagan's America by Lloyd deMause:
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View complete chapters FREE from The Emotional Life of Nations by Lloyd deMause:

  "The Assassination of Leaders"
  "The Gulf War as a Mental Disorder"
  "The Childhood Origins of Terrorism"
  "Restaging Early Traumas in War and Social Violence"
  "The Psychogenic Theory of History"
  "War as Righteous Rape and Purification"
  "Childhood and Cultural Evolution"
  "The Evolution of Childrearing"
  "The Evolution of the Psyche and Society"
View complete chapters FREE from The Origins of War in Child Abuse by Lloyd deMause:
  The Killer Motherland
  Why Males Are More Violent
  The Psychology And Neurobiology Of Violence
  War As A Sacrificial Ritual
  The Seven Phases Of Going To War
  The Childhood Origins of World War II And The Holocaust
  Child Abuse, Homicide And Raids In Tribes
  Infanticide, Child Rape, and War in Early States
  Bipolar Christianity: How Torturing "Sinful" Children Produced Holy Wars
  Patriarchal Families and National Wars
  Global Wars to Restore U.S. Masculinity
  Ending Child Abuse, Wars And Terrorism
Hear AUDIOBOOKS of works by Lloyd deMause, including his article "If I Blow Myself Up and Become a Martyr, I'll Finally Be Loved" and his new book The Origins of War in Child Abuse.
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