The Journal of Psychohistory & Abstracts

The Journal of Psychohistory, has been publishing quarterly since 1973, originally as The History of Childhood Quarterly and since 1976 as The Journal of Psychohistory. It is somewhat unique in the world of academic publishing in being one of very few journals not published by a large publishing house or by a University Press, subsidized by university funds. It has been independently published by Lloyd deMause for more than 40 years.

The JOP has been a place where many authors have been able to see their work published in more than 800 articles, as well a several hundred book reviews and review essays. We welcome contributions to a new section that will run from time to time, Psychohistorical Perspective on Current Events.

Recent issues include articles such as: A “Backward Engineering” view into how atrocities can be performed mechanistically and without feeling or guilt, how Politics Can Be Seen as Reflecting Borderline Polarization, The Spanish and Portuquese Inquisition’s methods to uncover hidden beliefs and motivations, The Tea Party and the Recent Rise of Right-Wing racism, Mass Incarceration and American Racism, Slavery’s Transgenerational Impact on Southern Personality, and the Unconscious Wishes behind Nuclear Armaments and Wars.

We are a peer reviewed journal, and one of our goals is to remain a print journal with issues mailed directly to subscribers.

You can quickly become a subscriber or renew an expired subscription by contacting Susan Hein at  A yearly subscription for individuals is $77.00 for four issues. For Libraries and Institutions, subscriptions are $179.00. We accept credit cards, checks and money orders.

We have begun work on posting lists of all articles and some book reviews — with an abstract or short description — that have appeared in the Journal of Psychohistory, listed chronologically — by year, Volume and Issue #.

Back copies of the Journal can be made available for purchase from more recent years, and a few are still available from longer ago.