The Journal of Psychohistory

The Journal of Psychohistory is an academic journal focusing on Psychohistory

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, Spring

America's Secret Government and the Road to 9/11
America's Secret Government and the Road to 9/11 Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007, 432 pp.Although it has "9/11" in its title, Peter Dale Scott's latest...
Asperger = Genius?
Michael Fitzgerald and Brendan O'Brien, Genius Genes: How Asperger Talents Change the World. Shawnee Mission, Kansas: Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2007.The primary thesis of this book is that the genius of many famous and creative individuals...
From Punishment to Prevention: A New Approach to Child Sexual Abuse
Stephen Smallbone, William L. Marshall, and Richard Wortley, Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Evidence, Policy and Practice. Uffculme, Devon, U.K.: Willan Publishing, 2008.If we were to take a poll among 'average' individuals in any modern society, we...
From Their Cradle to Your Grave: How Child Abuse and Dissociation Drive Violent Crime
I gave this paper as a presentation at the 2008 International Association for Psychohistory Convention. A funny thing happened on the way to the podium. My presentation, originally submitted with the title "How Child Abuse and Dissociation Drive Violent...
Infanticide, Child Rape and War in Early States
The progress accomplished when moving from tribes to early states based upon more complex non-kinship political systems - splendidly documented by Eli Sagan in his book At the Dawn of Tyranny: The Origins of Individualism, Political Oppression, and the...
On the Roles Played by Psychoclasses in the Evolution of Parenting
Lloyd deMause's The Emotional Life of Nations (2002) on the evolution of parenting uses the scientific term in both senses: evolution as random mutation and as directional, or progressive. (1) We are reminded that in the cultural field, progressive change...
Religious Fundamentalism and Its Impact on the Female Gender
Whether the mother is depressed and withdrawn or dominating and angry, the extremely vulnerable baby and young child fears being killed or abandoned by her, and this fear of imminent death is embedded in the brain in a dissociated alter in its right...
Swaddling, Shame and Society
Juhani Ihanus, Swaddling, Shame and Society. On Psychohistory and Russia. Helsinki: Kikimora Publications, 2001, 178pp. $27.60.Reviewed by Olga ShutovaThis is in some way a risky affair to write a review for the book that has been published six years...
The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response
The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, Peter Balakian. NY: Harper Collins, 2003. 475 pp.The Armenians became Christians in 301 A.C. and the much more powerful Turks have hated them for at least that long. The most intriguing...
The Price of Solitude
John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick, Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2008.Around 340 B.C., Aristotle's Ethics deemed man "a social animal". Social psychologists have been trying to figure...
"Violence Solves Everything:" Ballots or Bullets in US Elections
In analyzing our multi-faceted political life, we expect psychohistorians to be especially tuned into the sort of raw data that gets pushed to the peripheries and to actions that may also be symptomatic of underlying sources. But occasionally we confront...