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n. pl. psy·cho·bi·og·ra·phies
1. A biography that analyzes the psychological makeup, character, or motivations of its subject: "We are given a kind of psychobiography which ultimately pictures a deeply egotistical individual, unable to tolerate anyone else's success" (Leon Botstein).
2. A character analysis.

psy′cho·bi·og′ra·pher n.
psy′cho·bi′o·graph′ic (-bī′ə-grăf′ĭk), psy′cho·bi·o·graph′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a biography that pays particular attention to a person's psychological development
psychobiographical adj


(ˌsaɪ koʊ baɪˈɒg rə fi, -bi-)

n., pl. -phies.
a biography that stresses childhood trauma and unconscious motives of the subject.
psy`cho•bi•og′ra•pher, n.
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The second group relates to personal experience (Loizaga-Velder, 2013), being subdivided in psychobiographical and emotional effects.
Therefore, using Simonton's (1999) aforementioned work as a theoretical guide, this study analyzed 10 major journalism-oriented academic journals from 2000 to 2014 regarding to the following variables as delineated by Simonton: (1) traditional methodological approaches to significant samples including historiometric, psychometric, psychobiographical, and comparative methods; (2) research dimensions used to study significant samples including quantitative/qualitative, multiple cases/single case, nomothetic/idiographic, confirmatory/exploratory, longitudinal/cross-sectional, and direct/indirect assessment methods; and (3) the specific data collection methods used in the studies.
Jacques Derrida draws attention to the fact that one's reading should not be reduced to reproducing the text; nor should it manipulate the text into something extraneous to itself, namely and indeterminate referent (methaphysical, historical, psychobiographical or any other kind of reality) or into a meaning outside the text whose content lay outside (written) language.
8) He notes the Laureate's unhappy, and quite possibly abused, childhood years: psychobiographical fodder which Perry treats cautiously but which nonetheless appears to confirm Auden's verdict that "[i]n no other English poet of comparable rank does the bulk of his work seem so clearly to be inspired by some single and probably very early experience" (p.
Andreas-Salome's book gives a brief biography of Nietzsche that has been quoted by many subsequent biographers, and her account of his work is very influenced by the psychobiographical approach that Nietzsche himself commended in a letter to her (Leipzig, ca.
While the evidence of exploitation is strong, says biographer Hermione Lee, it is "ambiguous enough, to open the way for conflicting psychobiographical interpretations which draw quite different shapes of Virginia Woolf's interior life" (Lee 156).
he connected familial unconscious to genes) and accepted only in a few countries; in my paper I do not use it as an explanation, but I think his categories (which are based on scientific explorations) can be applied phenomenologically to conceptualize data for psychobiographical analysis.
Psychobiographical approaches, for instance, tend to focus on the poet's biography, investing it with a dimension of sensationalism and interpreting his creations primarily as "poems of personal experience" (Erlebnislyrik), illustrative of the inner turmoil that marked the poet's life.
Deftly working with a range of psychobiographical clues in all three stories, Ellis provocatively surmises that at least by the start of 1924, as Lawrence's health deteriorates and his emotional connection to Frieda becomes more fraught with his own anger and suspicion, there "may not be sex in the usual sense" between them any more (164).
Comparable to the pictures of the toddler in "La Vie d'Artiste," these images of guinea pigs and sheep could possibly be interpreted as self-portraits or, in fact, as the fruits of a project of displaced self-portraiture that does everything in its power precisely to dispel any such psychobiographical reading.
CUSTER AND THE LITTLE BIG HORN: A Psychobiographical Inquiry (1981), for a specific look at how Custer's "personality may have affected his actions at [Little Big Horn].