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n. pl. psy·cho·his·to·ries
A psychological or psychoanalytic interpretation or study of historical events or persons: the psychohistory of the Nazi era.

psy′cho·his·tor′i·an (-hĭ-stôr′ē-ən, -stŏr′-) n.
psy′cho·his·tor′i·cal (-hĭ-stôr′ĭ-kəl, -stŏr′-) adj.
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(ˌsaɪkəʊˈhɪstərɪ; -ˈhɪstrɪ)
n, pl -ries
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) biography based on psychological theories of personality development
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(ˌsaɪ koʊˈhɪs tə ri, -ˈhɪs tri)

n., pl. -ries.
an account of a historical figure that uses theoretical constructs of psychology, esp. psychoanalysis, to explain actions and motivations.
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This book will interest historians of medical practice, cultural studies scholars, psychohistorians and literary critics concerned with problems that are still with us: sexuality and the quest for solutions to erectile dysfunction, the obsession with physical appearance and body image, approaches to pain management and coping with aging.
To return to Turner, he asks, "why do we need to make grandiose claims for the materials we have unearthed, to adopt the guise of psychohistorians or social anthropologists or grand theorists of identity?" (178).
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Uwe Flecker's essay on power comes fairly close to grasping the nature of the confusions, illogicalities, and contradictions in the attacks against modernism and degeneracy, yet it still glosses over the very features that are the heart of Peter Cohen's The Architecture of Doom: the Nazi obsession with cleanliness, health, and racial purity, and the hysteria psychohistorians like Lloyd de Mause trace back to childrearing abuses in German-speaking lands in the late nineteenth century--early toilet training, antimasturbation controls, and domestic violence and similar attempts by the rural petite bourgeoisie and urban middle classes to compensate for the loss of traditional family values.
There is nothing sacred about it that would depend on the individual genius of Hari Seldon: the Second Foundation psychohistorians "have learned more than Seldon ever knew, and ...
The psychohistorians of the 1970s believed that the history of the Third Reich could be discerned from Hitler's mother's cancer, the plot of Lohengrin, and even quantitative analysis of the Fiihrer's genitalia.
The ironic outcome thus far is that Diana Trilling is--apparently in direct contradiction to her intention to demythologize Lionel--ultimately responsible for launching a new, deflationary myth about her husband and turning him into a case study for the psychobiographers and psychohistorians. Whatever the eventual result, it is clear that the psychoanalytic autopsy reports of her husband, triggered by her 1993 memoir of their marriage, represents a complex, fascinating portrait of "the Trilling family romance"--with all the Oedipal implications of Freud's original phrase.