Definition of psychohistory in English:


nounplural noun psychohistories

  • 1The interpretation of historical events with the aid of psychological theory.

    ‘his greatest contributions were in the field of psychohistory’
    • ‘this psychohistory of postmodernity focuses on the changing image of California’
    • ‘I eagerly await Seidman's analysis of Asimov's psychohistory in terms of ‘pseudoscience ‘and ‘anti-science.’’
    • ‘The lead in historical work on globalization is taken by specialists in international relations spiced by imaginative mavericks from fields like the history of science and even psychohistory.’
    • ‘Like many disciplines, history stays alive through novelty spins, Romantic History, psychohistory, the school of the annales and oral history.’
    • ‘In this far-distant future, Seldon's name is lost in the mists of history, and psychohistory is a occult practice, whose ‘Psycholars’ maintain their Galactic rule by keeping the tenets of their science secret.’
    • ‘As I understand it, the history of emotions hopes to stand psychohistory on its head.’
    1. 1.1A work that interprets historical events with the aid of psychological theory.
      • ‘modern writers often substitute psychohistory for biography’
    2. 1.2A psychological history of an individual.
      ‘the psychohistory of the author’
      • ‘He wrote several "psychohistories" explaining how people like Martin Luther and Mahatma Gandhi were able to think and act the way they did.’
      • ‘Nixon and Kennedy, both Presidents with dominant fathers had significant leadership flaws as their psychohistories explain.’



/ˌsīkōˈhist(ə)rē/ /ˌsaɪkoʊˈhɪst(ə)ri/