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X DAPH as of 8.99 contains over 100 major scholarly articles and 6 textbooks which cover all areas and ages of history. This fact alone can be pretty overwhelming to the newcomer! If you have an interest in a certain period, reading articles about it in light of PH may be just the thing. But if you're still asking the question:

Where should I start?
We recommend,
The History of Child Abuse, then Restaging Fetal Traumas in War and Social Violence; these are fundamental articles to the understanding some of the primary ideas of Psychohistory. When you wish to continue, the textbook, Foundations of Psychohistory, is considered by many professors 'THE' book on the subject. [Note: some of the graphs, charts and instructional aids have been placed on our 'Charts' page for easy printing and hands on reference.]

How does one do Psychohistory?
Psychohistory is defined as "the science of historical motivation." Reading something of the Psychohistory covering more current events will show how a Psychohistorian [you?] can look at a time in history and use the 'tools' to unlock the motivations.
REAGAN'S AMERICA was written with YOU in mind. It takes a close look at the fascinating month - by - month Psychohistory of the not - so - distant 'Reagan Years' - here you can read Psychohistory as historical and personal motivations are unraveled by the hands of a master Psychohistorian.

I need to mention, at this time, Psychohistory is ONLY pro- child and pro- active clinical projects. It does NOT favor or support any political party, system of government, religion or agenda. Though we do study the 'Why' of each of them.

What are the areas of Psychohistorical study?
_____There are 3:
1. History of Childhood:

How have children been raised throughout history, how has the family evolved, what has been the place and value of the children in society over time. Psychohistory pays such attention to childhood because the groundwork for our future emotional development is created there.
2. Psychobiography:
Seeks to understand individual historical people and their motivations in history. Psychobiography is perhaps the most visible form of Psychohistorical scholarship.
3. Group Psychohistory:
This is perhaps the most radical and anxiety provoking form of Psychohistorical scholarship. Here we study and seek to understand the motivations of large groups in history. There is no group mind, separate from the individual members; rather groups are motivated by members all having feelings and fantasies that are broadly the same, in other words shared. This work is also on the forefront of Psychohistorical scholarship.

Again, as individual motivations are founded in prenatal, perinatal and early childhood development, so we find these experiences to be the basis of ALL history; so the most important issue is how well the primary caregivers treated the children in each period of history.

The one Psychohistorical tool that can not be gained through even the most diligent historical research is empathic knowledge of oneself. This one 'tool' may surpass all others in necessity of what it takes to 'do' Psychohistory. A firm background in therapeutic principles is required. For as it is well known by every clinician - "you can only deal with what you yourself have processed." So it goes for 'putting the world on the couch' - or doing Psychohistory.

How can I talk to other Psychohistorians?
You may wish to explore the list of
Branches of the Institute for Psychohistory to find one in your country or area. Also you may want to join the Psychohistory Online Discussion. To join send a blank email to

This web site will be offered for university, public library and home use in a fully searchable, interactive, multi-platform CD-ROM. [Projected cost $5 to cover production and mailing.] Contact DAPH to be placed on our mailing list to receive more information about this and other Psychohistorical and child care projects.

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This site is dedicated to my daughter Dianna Lee Heimstadt
- and to the day that child and fetal abuse will only be studied as history.