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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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Joel Kovel, a white psychiatrist, in his book, White Racism: A Psychohistory, also attempted to apply psychohistorical methodology to a study of the same phenomenon, but, as we would expect, reached very different conclusions.
Hoogstraten installed the psychohistorical myth of Segers's mistroostig (disconsolate) character, one that ingratiated him perfectly to twentieth-century narratives of saturnine genius.
In Search of Nixon: A Psychohistorical Inquiry (reprint, 1972)
There is a tension in Blasing's study between her psychohistorical account of language acquisition and mainstream psychoanalytic theory.
We were talking about heroes, nation-shapers like Jose Rizal or George Washington, when he mentioned that he had once taught a psychohistorical seminar on nationalist leaders.
In our collective perception, most European Americans don't see any linkage between the contemporary class strata today and our psychohistorical and contextual conditioning elements of the oppression of persons of color.
Puncturing through the tired commonplaces of so much contemporary postcolonial and queer studies, Dina Georgis's The Better Story develops an insightful and original method for thinking through the complicated link between psychohistorical trauma and cultural representation.
In this respect (Marvell's penchant for both hiding and exposing himself, in both life and literature), Smith concurs with the psychohistorical approach to Marvell visible in the work of the editors of the recent Cambridge Companion to Andrew Marvell (2011), Derek Hirst and Steven Zwicker.
"The Image of 'The End of the World': A Psychohistorical View." Visions of Apocalypse: End or Rebirth?
The next paradigm shift was not psychohistorical but rather discursive, after Michel Foucault who also provided new insights into the regulation and control of young children through the analysis of disciplinary power and governmentality.
Much of this response to the breakdown of official and private memory reverberates throughout the new non-fictional book by the popular French novelist Alexandre Jardin, whose Les gens tres bien (The Nice People) can be contextualized by readings of Robert Liris' own psychohistorical reflections on growing up in Vichy during the Petainist regime, as well as by viewing the feature film Elle s'appclait Sarah (She Was Called Sarah)6 based rather closely on the original English novel by Tatiana de Rosnay known as Sarah's Key, Another contemporary film not only deals with the same historical event of the round-up of Jews on 16 July 1942 but often seems to use what seem like exactly the same cinematic reconstructions as Elle s'appelait Sarah.