Charles B. Strozier, PhD

Charles B. Strozier, PhD Psychotherapy


Book, Journals, Review Essays and other writings.

Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

This biography shows Heinz Kohut (1913-1981) as a paradigmatic figure in American intellectual life; a charismatic man whose ideas embodied the hopes and confusions of a country still in turmoil after war and Holocaust. Kohut stood at the center of the mid-twentieth-century psychoanalytic movement and then transformed it in the next two decades. Born in Vienna, Kohut was raised in an assimilated Jewish family, imbued with European high culture. He trained in medicine at the University of Vienna before being forced to emigrate in 1939 after the Nazis took over. Kohut settled in Chicago where he made his life for the next four decades.

Lincoln’s Quest For Union

Lincoln’s Quest For Union

In Lincoln’s Quest for Union, Charles Strozier gives the most probing account available of Lincoln’s inner life–from the time he was a young man in Illinois, just finding himself, through his ascent to the presidency when he guided the nation and articulated for the country the meaning of the Civil War

Your Friend Forever

Your Friend Forever

On April 15, 1837, a “long, gawky” Abraham Lincoln walked into Joshua Speed’s dry-goods store in Springfield, Illinois, and asked what it would cost to buy the materials for a bed. Speed said seventeen dollars, which Lincoln didn’t have. He asked for a loan to cover that amount until Christmas…


Showing how the tensions of modern life lead people to accept the idea of apocalyptic renewal, an in-depth exploration of Christian fundamentalism offers unique insights into the psychology of their thinking on a wide variety of issues.
The Fundamentalist Mindset

The Fundamentalist Mindset

This penetrating book sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. What accounts for the violence that emerges among some fundamentalist groups? The contributors to this book identify several factors…
Until The Fires Stopped Burning

Until The Fires Stopped Burning

Charles B. Strozier’s college lost sixty-eight alumni in the tragedy of 9/11, and the many courses he has taught on terrorism and related topics since have attracted dozens of survivors and family members. A practicing psychoanalyst in Manhattan, Strozier…
Self Psychology and Humanities

Self Psychology and Humanities

Heinz Kohut, one of the most influential psychoanalysts of the twentieth century, developed the concepts and theories of self psychology. This posthumous book presents his writings and teachings, about the role of the individual, as well as of the “group self,” in history, art, religion, and politics.
The Leader

The Leader

Behind every leader is an instructive life story. It often promotes a public image that inspires others to live by it. And, sometimes, even to live or to die for it. As leadership qualities and image issues gain significance in the public discourse, the psychological study of leadership is a critical factor in any discussion. With its trenchant insights into leaders…
The Year 2000

The Year 2000

The Year 2000 is at hand. The end of the millennium means many things to many people, but it has significance for almost everyone. A thousand years ago, monks stopped copying manuscripts and religious building projects came to a halt as panic swept Europe. Today, anxiety about global warming, government power, superviruses,…
Trauma and Self

Trauma and Self

This remarkable collection of original essays, written by prominent scholars recognized for their achievements in a wide range of disciplines, defines trauma as a disruption in the fragile process of symbolization, or the human capacity to imbue life with meaning by representing the self’s immortality.
Genocide, war, and Human Survival

Genocide, war, and Human Survival

From the tragic workings of the Holocaust and Hiroshima to contemporary examples of genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda, this provocative collection of original essays examines the enduring impact of cataclysmic events on the modern human psyche.

Chuck Strozier Books in chronological order:

    • Self Psychology and the Humanities: Reflections on a New Psychoanalytic Approach (1985)
    • Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (1994)
    • Trauma and the Self (1996)
    • Genocide, War, and Human Survival (1996)
    • The Year 2000: Essays on the End (1997)
    • Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (2001)
    • Lincoln’s Quest for Union: A Psychological Study (revised edition) (2001)
    • The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History (2010)
    • Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses (2011)
    • Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed (2016)

Coming Soon:

    • The New World of Self: Heinz Kohut and the Transformation of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (2022)
    • Radical Empathy: The Psychology of Peacemaking in Northern Ireland (in progress)

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The Psychohistory Review
Founding Editor, 1973-1986; Associate Editor, 1986-1998.

Recent Articles, Review Essays, and Other Writings:

(with Robert Jay Lifton), “The Psychological Pandemic: Can we Confront Our Anxiety?” The
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March 1, 2021.

(with David Terman), “Trumpism,” International Association of Psychoanalytic Self
Psychology e-Forum, April 15, 2020.

“The Psychology of Covid 19,” Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, Spring, 2021.

“Heinz Kohut Revisited,” special issue of Psychoanalytic Review, of which I am co-editor and
will contribute, as lead author, with Konstantine Pinteris, Kathleen Kelley, and Deborah Mart, “Heinz Kohut’s Ideas of Self,” forthcoming, 2021.

(with Robert Jay Lifton), “A Pandemic of Body and Mind,” Op-Ed, under consideration.

“Psychological Reflections on Mahatma Gandhi and the Future of Satyagraha,” New England
Journal of Public Policy, forthcoming, fall, 2020. Also available on the website of The Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris-Manchester College, October 2, 2019 and the lecture on which the paper is based in currently on the YouTube channel of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict.

“A Tribute to Robert Jay Lifton,” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association,
forthcoming June, 2020.

(with David Strug, Konstantine Pinteris, Kathleen Kelley, and Deborah Mart), “Termination in
Self Psychology: The Contribution of Heinz Kohut,” The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol.
104, Number 6, December, 2019, pp. 537-558.

“The Psychology of Peacemaking: Northern Ireland, John, Lord Alderdice, and the End of the
Troubles,” International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, Volume 16, 2019,
pp. 274-284.

“A Memoir of Psychohistory,” Clio’s Psyche, Volume 26, Number 1, Fall, 2019.

“The World Trade Center Disaster, Survival and Psychotherapy” and “The Fundamentalist
Mindset and Historical Trauma,” in Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Ethics: Clinical Works in the Era of War, Terrorism, and Natural Disaster, Edited and Translated into Japanese, Koichi Togashi (Tokyo: Iwasaki Gkujyutsu Shuppansha, 2019).

Commentary on Paper about Kohut’s Supervision of Jule Miller, Psychoanalysis, Self and
Context, online August 1, 2019.

Podcast on the psychology of fundamentalism with program by Danny Whittaker, in MOWE,
Available February 26, 2019, at

(with James William Anderson), “A Dialogue on the Psychology of Lincoln,” Clio’s Psyche, Winter, 2019, Volume 26, Number 2.

“Heinz Kohut Nearly Missed the Concentration Camp,” October 24, 2018, Newsletter of the IAPSP.

“Are Hate Crimes Terrorism?” November 1, 2018, The Crime Report, The Center on Media and Justice, John Jay College

Lead author with David Strug, Konstantine Pinteris & Kathleen Kelley, “Sexualization in the Work of Heinz Kohut,” Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, (2018), 13:2, 171-185,

“Those Who Live By the Sword,” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, October, 2017.

“A Journey in Psychohistory,” Clio’s Psyche, forthcoming.

(with Deborah Mart), “The Politics of Constructed Humiliation: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on War, Terrorism, and Genocide,” Research in Psychoanalysis, Vol. 1, Number 23, 2017.

Lecture on my book, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln, to the Abraham Lincoln Society of Washington, D.C., April 18, 2017, videotaped by C-Span3 and broadcast on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Now available in their library at

“The Apocalyptic Imagination and the Fundamentalist Mindset,” New England Journal of Public Policy, Volume 29, Issue 1 (2017).

(with Kelly Berkell), Climate Change and Political Violence, Report of the Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, CUNY, March, 2017.

“Did Abraham Lincoln’s Bromance Alter the Course of American History?” The Conversation, February 16, 2017 (republished by Newsweek, The Smithsonian, and Slate).

“The Apocalyptic Imagination, Paranoia, History, and Violence,” Torch, the Oxford Research Centrer in the Humanities, University of Oxford, December 6, 2016.

“The Apocalyptic Imagination” published on the website of Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict,” Harris-Manchester College, Oxford University, 2016.

Blog posts in August 2016 on Psychology Today: “The New World of Male Friendship”; “Interview about ‘Your Friend Forever’”; and “All the Presidents’ Men.”

(lead author with David Strug, Konstantine Pinteris, and Kathleen Kelley, “Heinz Kohut’s Theory of Aggression and Rage,” Psychoanalytic Psychology, online, September, 2016, in print 2017, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 361-367.

Interview, Psychohistory Newsletter, Fall 2016, Vol. 35, Issue No. 4

(lead author with Kelly Berkell) “The Curious Politics of Global Warming and Nuclear Power,” Huffington Post, November 30, 2015

(lead author with Kelly Berkell), “Climate Change and Political Violence: Trauma and the Dilemmas of the Survivor,” Diplomatie, December 11, 2015.

“Where You Lived Mattered: 9/11 in Historical Memory,” History News Network, September 15, 2014.

(lead author with Scott Knowles), “How to Honor the Dead We Cannot Name?” Slate, May 14, 2014.

(lead author with Kelly Berkell), “How Climate Change Helped ISIS,” Huffington Post (September 29, 2014)

(lead author with Berkell), “Climate Change on the Nuclear Subcontinent,” Huffington Post (October 20, 2014)

(lead author with David Strug, Konstantine Pinteris, and Kathleen Kelley), “On Dreams,” International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Vol. 8, Number 3, 2014.

“Where You Lived Mattered: 9/11 in Historical Memory,” History News Network, September 15, 2014

(lead author with Scott Knowles), “How Should the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum Honor the Dead?”, Slate, May 14, 2014.

“Obama’s Dreams: On Autobiography and Identity,” Clio’s Psyche, Psychohistory for the Twenty-First Century: The Best of the Journal, 2013.

“Robert Stolorow’s Myth of Originality,” February, 2012 (distributed on internet).

(lead author with Katharine Boyd), “The Psychology of Apocalypticism,” in The Apocalyptic Complex—Origins, Histories, Permanencies, eds. Nadia Al-Bagdadi, David Marno, and Matthias Riedl (Budapest, Hungary: CEU Press, 2011).

Commentary on three articles in the special issue of International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, on “The Treatment of Political Prisoners and Trauma Victims: Individual and Societal Implications,” fall, 2011.

“Die fundamentalistische Denkweise. Psychologische Uberlegungen zu Gewalt und Religion,” in Religion und Fanatismus: Psychoanalytische und theologische Zugange (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010)

“Heinz Kohut and the Erotic Transference,” NAAP Newsletter, 2009.

“The Forever War on Terror,” World Policy Journal, Winter, 2008.

“The Apocalyptic Other: On Fundamentalism and Violence,” Nova Religio Volume 11, Number 1 (August, 2007); republished in modified form in “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”: 100 Years after the Forgery, Steven T. Katz, Editor, NY: New York University Press.

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