Psychobiography Reading Group of the Psychohistory Forum
4th Meeting August 5th, 2023 (11:00am – 1pm EDT; rooms open at 10:30 am)
The Psychobiography Research and Publication Group of the Psychohistory Forum, with the strong support of Inna Rozentsvit and Ken Fuchsman, has created the virtual Psychobiography Reading Group. Our expectation is that we will meet once in two months and that we should work hard to keep this as a serious psychoanalytic approach to psychobiography. Subsequently, our focus will be on classic works of psychodynamic psychobiography, with the bottom-up approach rather coming from explicit underlying theories.
To learn more about our first 3 meetings, visit the following webpages:
This book presents a biography of Erik H. Erikson, postwar America’s most influential psychoanalyst, who reshaped our views of human development. Drawing on private materials and interviews with Erikson’s family, students, and colleagues around the world, the author illuminates the relationship between Erikson’s personal life and his groundbreaking ideas. This book lays bare the identity crisis that was at the root of Erikson’s lifelong quest to discover who his father was. Friedman shows how Erikson’s 8-stage model of the human life cycle grew from the birth of his 3rd son, who was born developmentally handicapped. Even his studies of M. Luther, M. Gandhi, T. Jefferson, and Jesus were inseparable from his life circumstances. The book also examines how Erikson’s influence as a teacher reverberates through the work of his students who have gone on to prominence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Please note that we have chosen short readings to ensure that it will be read ahead of time. Individuals who have not done the readings for this group will need to stay muted to establish this as a true discussion group. Participation is free, but the registration/ RSVP is required – via the following form:
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Paul H. Elovitz, PhD, Historian, Research Psychoanalyst, Online Psychohistory Professor, Psychohistory Forum Director, and Editor, Clio’s Psyche;Author, The Making of Psychohistory: Origins, Controversies, and Pioneering Contributors (Routledge, 2018); Editor, The Many Roads of the Builders of Psychohistory (ORI Academic Press, 2021); Author/Editor of other books. See CliosPsyche.org for additional information.