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Occupation  Psychohistorian
Education  Columbia University
Role  Psychoanalyst
Name  Lloyd deMause
Nationality  American

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Born  September 19, 1931 (age 84) (1931-09-19)
Books  The history of childhood, Foundations of psychohistory, Reagan's America, The Emotional Life of Nations

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Lloyd deMause, pronounced de-Moss (born September 19, 1931) is an American social thinker known for his work in the field of psychohistory. He did graduate work in political science at Columbia University and later trained as a lay psychoanalyst, which is defined as a psychoanalyst who does not have a medical degree. He is the founder of The Journal of Psychohistory.


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Academic work

DeMause has made major contributions to the study of Psychohistory which is the study of the psychological motivations of historical events. It seeks to understand the emotional origin of the social and political behavior of groups and nations, past and present. Its subject matter is childhood and the family (especially child abuse), and psychological studies of anthropology and ethnology.

In a 1994 interview with deMause in The New Yorker, interviewer Stephen Schiff wrote: "To buy into psychohistory, you have to subscribe to some fairly woolly assumptions [...], for instance, that a nation's child-rearing techniques affect its foreign policy, yet deMause's analyses have often been weirdly prescient."

Psychohistory table

Psychohistorians endorse trauma models of schizoid, narcissistic, masochistic, borderline, depressive and neurotic personalities.

The chart below shows the dates at which gradual forms of child abuse are believed by psychohistorians to have evolved in the most advanced nations, based on accounts from historical records. The timeline doesn't apply to hunter-gatherer societies. It doesn't apply either to the Greek and Roman world, or the ancient Chinese world where there was a wide variation in childrearing practices. The major childrearing types described by Lloyd deMause are:

With the exception of the "helping mode of childrearing" (marked in yellow above), for psychohistorians the major childrearing types are related to main psychiatric disorders, as can be seen in the following Table of Historical Personalities:

According to psychohistory theory, each of the above psychoclasses co-exist in the modern world today.


DeMause has published over 90 scholarly articles and several books.


  • DeMause, Lloyd (1974). The history of childhood. New York: Harper and Row. ISBN 0061318485. 
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1975). A bibliography of psychohistory. New York: Garland Pub. ISBN 0-8240-9999-0. 
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1975). The New psychohistory. New York: Psychohistory Press. ISBN 0-914434-01-2. 
  • Ebel, Henry; DeMause, Lloyd (1977). Jimmy Carter and American fantasy: psychohistorical explorations. New York: Two Continents. ISBN 0-8467-0363-7. 
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1982). Foundations of psychohistory. New York: Creative Roots. ISBN 0-940508-01-X. 
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1984). Reagan's America. New York: Creative Roots. ISBN 0-940508-02-8. 
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1995). The History of Childhood. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson. ISBN 1-56821-551-7. 
  • DeMause, Lloyd (2002). The Emotional Life of Nations. New York: Karnac. ISBN 1-892746-98-0. 
  • DeMause, Lloyd (2010). The Origins of War in Child Abuse. The Institute for Psychohistory. 
  • Articles (selection)

  • DeMause, Lloyd (1974): The Evolution of Childhood. In: History of Childhood Quarterly: The Journal of Psychohistory, 1 (4), p. 503-575. (Comments and reply: p. 576-606)
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1987): The History of Childhood in Japan. In: The Journal of Psychohistory, 15 (2), p. 147-151.
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1988): On Writing Childhood History. In: The Journal of Psychohistory, 16 (2), p. 35-71.
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1989): The Role of Adaptation and Selection in Psychohistorical Evolution. In: The Journal of Psychohistory, 16 (4), p. 355-372 (Comments and reply: p. S. 372-404).
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1990): The History of Child Assault. In: The Journal of Psychohistory, 18 (1), p. 1-29.
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1991): The Universality of Incest. In: The Journal of Psychohistory, 19 (1), p. 123-164.
  • DeMause, Lloyd (1997): The Psychogenic Theory of History. In: The Journal of Psychohistory, 25 (1), p. 112-183.
  • References

    Lloyd deMause Wikipedia

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