Lloyd deMause & Psychohistory

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, headquartered in New York City, is chartered by the State of New York as a not-for-profit educational corporation, the Association for Psychohistory, Inc., and for more than 40 years has published The Journal of Psychohistory, various books by The Psychohistory Press, and has had a long affiliation with the International Psychohistorical Association, which holds an annual convention every June.

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 some representatives for psychohistory in other countries, and links to the International Psychohistorical Association as well as other websites and discussion lists.

Lloyd deMause, founder of The Journal of Psychohistory and first president of the International Psychohistorical Association was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 19, 1931. He graduated from Columbia College and did his post-graduate training in political science at Columbia University and in psychoanalysis at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. He has taught psychohistory at the City University of New York and the New York Center for Psychoanalytic Training, is a member of the Society for Psychoanalytic Training, and has lectured widely in Europe and America.

He has published over 80 scholarly articles in such periodicals as The Nation, Psychology Today, The Guardian, The Journal of Psychoanalytic Anthropology, The Journal of Psychohistory, Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, Psyche, Kindheit, Texte zur Kunst, Psychologie, Psychologos: International Review of Psychology, Psychoanalytic Beacon and Psychologie Heute. He has been on the editorial board of Familiendynamik, The International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine and Mentalities/Mentalites. His books include The History of Childhood, A Bibliography of Psychohistory, The New Psychohistory, Jimmy Carter and American Fantasy, Foundations of Psychohistory, Reagan’s America, The Emotional Life of Nations, and The Origins of War in Child Abuse. His work has been translated into more than nine languages. He has three children: Neil, Jennifer and Jonathan.

A brief YouTube video of Lloyd deMause explaining the causes of war:

“Lloyd deMause is probably the first scholar who has made a thorough study of the history of childhood without glossing over the facts…” -Alice Miller
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Psychoanalytic Quarterly“A very important book.” -B.B.C.
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Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
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-Erich Fromm
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