Making of Psychohistory


Paul Elovitz, PhD, former President of the IPA, Professor of Psychohistory; Editor of Clio's Psyche

Chuck Strozier, PhD, psychoanalyst and psychohistorian

David Beisel, PhD, former editor of The Journal of Psychohistory

Lawrence Friedman, PhD, Harvard historian

Thursday, May 31st, 2018 @9:00 am - 10:45 am           Room 914

2 CEUs


This will be a discussion of Paul Elovitzís recently published The Making of Psychohistory, the first history of psychohistory. Examination of vicarious trauma, resilience, and their intersection is a feature of this work, as is the exploration of how oneís experience and identity are connected to the historical moment. There will be explication of how reparative experiences can follow collective traumas that can impact on an entire nation. Dr. Elovitzís book brings a psychoanalytic therapistís perspective to the intersection of psychology and history.


Learning Points:

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:

1) discuss the complexity and the inevitable impact of the current historical moment on oneís work and personal experience as students, clinicians, educators, and researchers;

2) analyze the concepts of vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience, and their intersection;

3) identify experiences of both vulnerability and resilience, highlighting the resourcefulness brought to oneís work and life;

4) discuss the reparative experience of collective efforts after the collective trauma and loss of any historical time;

5) develop reflective self-care initiatives that include ongoing collegial support, active social engagement, and social justice commitments.



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Elovitz, P. H. (Ed.) (2013). Psychohistory for the twenty-first century: The best of the Journal Clioís Psyche.

Elovitz, P. H. , & Cifelli, D. (2015). Three psychohistorical journals. Clio's Psyche, 22(1-2), 74-80. 

Elovitz, P. H., & Kahn, C. (Eds.) (1997). Immigrant experiences: Personal narrative and psychological analysis. Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Elovitz, P.H. (2006). Art and science in psychohistory. Clio's Psyche,  13(1), 11-13.

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Elovitz, P.H. (2017). Ken Fuchsman: Scholar of the Human Condition. Clio's Psyche, 23(3), 310-325.

Elovitz, P.H. (2015). The impact of a psychohistorianís life experience and personality on his career and scholarship.  Journal of Psychohistory, 42, 53-70.

Elovitz, P.H.  (2003). J. Lee Shneidman: Historian. Clio's Psyche, 10(1), 26-31.

Elovitz, P.H. (2007). In Memoriam: Connalee Shneidman. Clioís Psyche, 13(4), 224-226.

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Bios of the Presenters:

Paul Elovitz, PhD is the former President of the IPA, a Licensed Psychologist/ Psychoanalyst, and Associate Professor of History, Psychohistory, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Salameno School of the Humanities and Global Studies, Ramapo College, where he also became a Founding Faculty Member, after teaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutgers University, and Temple University. Dr. Elovitz is a Founding Editor of Clioís Psyche, since 1994. He is also a Founder and Convener/Director of The Psychohistory Forum, since 1983 until present. He is the author of the recent Routledge book, The Making of Psychohistory.

Chuck Strozier, PhD is a licensed psychoanalyst; Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, and Professor of History and the founding Director of the Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, City University of New York, and a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City.  He is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology (TRISP), New York City and a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist.  He is the author of numerous psychohistorical and clinical works including Lincolnís Quest for Union: A Psychological Portrait and Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst, and was senior editor and coauthor of The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History.

David Beisel, PhD is the Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences at Rockland Community College, State University of New York. He is the recipient of several teaching awards and the author of numerous articles on American and European history. Dr. Beisel edited the Journal of Psychohistory for a decade. He authored The Suicidal Embrace: Hitler, the Allies and the Origins of the Second World War, which is now in its second edition. He also edited Wounded Centuries: A Collection of Poems, which grew out of presentations at conferences of the International Psychohistorical Association. 

Lawrence Friedman, PhD is a Harvard historian in the Mind-Behavior Initiative. He has written eight scholarly books, including studies of the Menninger Clinic and full-length biographies of Erik Erikson and Erich Fromm. Dr. Friedman was named International Writer of the Year in 2003 by the International Biographical Center (London).


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