The Journal of psychohistory (J PSYCHOHIST)

Publisher: Royal Society of New Zealand

Journal description

Current impact factor: 0.17

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor 0.118

Additional details

5-year impact 0.26
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.11
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.00
Website Journal of PsychoHistory website
Other titles The Journal of psychohistory
ISSN 0145-3378
OCLC 2428996
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Royal Society of New Zealand

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
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    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
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    • 2 years embargo
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    • On author or institutional server only
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    • Must link to publisher version
  • Classification
    ‚Äč yellow

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: As the title of my paper indicates, Dr. Rudolph Binion was my professor, mentor, and a leading psychohistorian. My paper in memoriam to Rudolph Binion is intended as both a retrospective and an introspective account of my relationship with him, as he had a pivotal influence on me when he was my professor at Columbia University. His help and influence continued after I left graduate school. In my paper I also deal with the enormous stresses of navigating through graduate school, for those students whose goal was to earn the Ph.D. degree. Some examinations were dreaded, For Example The "Examination in Subjects," popularly called the "Oral Exam." The "incubation" period was long indeed, frequently averaging nearly ten years, and it was an ordeal, as the rate of attrition was very high. There is then also the question of "ego strength" and that of "transference" toward the professor. Graduate school is indeed a long and strenuous challenge. I took a seminar in modern French history, a requirement for the Master's degree with Professor Binion, which was consequential for me, as he taught me to be objective in writing history. Professor Binion was a demanding and outstanding teacher.
    The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(3):221-33.
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    ABSTRACT: The paper outlines the historical links between psychoanalysis, social progressivism and the political Left. It then details the process by which those links were undone such that today psychoanalysis and mental health services in general are alienated from their radical roots. The paper posits this process of alienation is continued today via the neo-liberal phenomenon of privatization, which has profound implications for clients seeking mental health treatment especially those of minority status or who are economically oppressed. Today, access to effective mental health treatment is linked to one's economic status, and people of all class backgrounds seem less likely to receive mental health interventions that promote awareness of the oppressive political and economic forces they face. The paper includes two clinical vignettes illustrating the inequalities that are inherent to the privatized mental healthcare system. The paper calls for a return to the ideals and practices of the progressive psychoanalysis that defined the inter-war era of the last century.
    The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(4):280-94.
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    ABSTRACT: As a major function of ideological and institutional frameworks is to provide security to the social group, by constructing ideologies and socio-political institutions, social groups also construct their objects of collective attachment. When social debates are conducted openly and freely, they are informed by secure collective attachment representations leading to effective and group-protecting action. When they are conducted in the context of social domination they are informed by insecure collective attachment representations, leading to ineffective and group-compromising action. The decision to invade Iraq in 2003 seems to have been informed by insecure collective attachment representations defining an incoherent social narrative and an ineffective protective strategy.
    The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(4):262-79.
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    ABSTRACT: What follows is a recently found unpublished paper by Lloyd deMause. It was originally written in 1987 or 1988 and updated in 2002. The paper covers a lot of ground and touches on ideas and methods that deMause has written about elsewhere but there is some new material as well. It touches on many of the original concepts that that deMause has introduced over the last 45 years.
    The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(4):320-41.
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    ABSTRACT: The inquisitions in Spain and Portugual were state organs, rather than church-run enterprises; their purpose to modernize disparate jurisdictions during the final stages of Reconquista (return of Moorish areas to Christian administration) to ensure security and loyalty. So many Jews converted (under duress or willingly for strategic reasons) and inter-married with middle-class and aristocratic families, that their sincerity and loyalty was suspected, This meant going beyond traditional monitoring of ritual acts and social behaviour; there was a need to look below the surface, to interpret ambiguity, and to break codes of duplicity. Inquisitors developed techniques of a form of psychoanalysis before the discoveries of Freud: methods of questioning to bring out repressed beliefs and motivations, unriddling equivocational performance and speech-acts, and integrating fragments of information from family members, business associates and neighbours collected over many years. Torture, more threatened than actual, and lengthy incarceration punctuated by periods of exile and re-arrest after years quiet, provoked desperate confessions and specious denunciations, all of which had to be subject to intense scrutiny and analysis. The assumption was modern: a person's self was no longer equivalent to their words and actions; instead, a deep dark and traumatized inner self to be revealed.
    The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(4):295-309.
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    ABSTRACT: Henry Morgenthau (1856-1946) distinguished himself as the U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, 1913-1916, and as the chairman of the League of Nations Refugee Settlement Commission (RSC) for Greece, 1923-24. I describe aspects of his early life that shaped the man he became, his accomplishments in these two posts, and his feelings about himself over time. At the end I briefly describe his attitude toward a possible Jewish state in Palestine.
    The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(3):200-20.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(3):234-6.
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    ABSTRACT: This study explored predictions made from Lucille Iremonger's Phaeton theory (1970), which argues that individuals who show exceptional personal achievement in certain fields frequently have experienced childhoods that were marked by parental loss through death and desertion. Three groups were examined: eminent American writers, presidents of the USA, and the 100 Americans who were judged by Life magazine to have been the most influential in 20th century society. Bereavement was common in the childhoods of these outstanding individuals, but was also high, or even higher, for those individuals who achieved somewhat less eminence (less successful writers, and presidential also-rans). More than half the total set of the presidents and also-rans were orphans. Eminent Americans showed substantial although lower levels of parental loss, and nearly three-quarters had experienced difficult childhoods that were marked by some form of loss. Eminent Americans, like the presidents, tended to be first-borns; they also showed elevated levels of divorce, suicide, and name changing. The results provide support for the Phaeton theory, but suggest that the child's struggle to overcome other losses than bereavement may also promote eminence, as may the presence of significant mentors.
    The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(3):188-99.
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    ABSTRACT: This has been called the Age of Empathy; empathy is seen as the glue that holds society together, the capacity without which humans would not have evolved. It is the ability to accurately perceive others internal states and to have affective responses to them. Empathy is most likely to emerge with those with whom we are familiar, those that are an 'us'. Universally, humans divide 'us' and 'them.' Those in the out-group are treated with disdain, and sometimes with lethal actions. In human history and psychology, trends often move in opposite directions. Empathy has a limited domain, and is accompanied by hostility to 'outsiders'.
    The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(3):176-87.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(3):237-50.
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    ABSTRACT: Understanding Osama bin Laden's personal history illuminates his motivation, inner conflicts, decisions and behaviors. His relationships with his mother, father, country and religion set the stage for his conflicted choices as an adolescent and then as an adult. Although only a cursory psychological profile is possible based on public domain information, the profile constructed here could be useful in setting future foreign policy. Perhaps the crucial mistake in U.S. foreign policy was abandoning bin Laden as an asset when Russian forces were expelled from Afghanistan in 1989: this act by the U.S. set the stage for the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
    The Journal of psychohistory 01/2015; 42(4):310-9.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2014; 42(2):161-9.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2014; 42(1):72-83.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2014; 41(3):172-80.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2014; 41(3):158-71.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2014; 42(2):88-109.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2014; 42(2):110-29.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2014; 42(1):28-43.
  • The Journal of psychohistory 01/2014; 41(3):209-21.