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What izzit?
· Psychohistory may be defined as the application of
formal psychological models in historical research. The
modern field known as psychohistory is usually dated
from the appearance of Freud's book on Leonardo
(1910), although the term psychohistory did not come
into use until the 1960s.…read more

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Melanie Klein
· Witchcraft, grief and the Ambivalence of Emotions.
· In this article, I argue that Melanie Klein's psychoanalytic theory of mourning
can shed new light on an old anthropological topic: witchcraft and sorcery.
Beginning with sociocentric analyses of sorcery and witchcraft, and linking
these beliefs to the experiential context of grief and bereavement, I focus on
two ethnographic case studies--Balinese witchcraft and Mekeo sorcery. I
use Klein's theory of mourning to extend Freud's concept of the
ambivalence of emotions in order to show how unresolved childhood fears
and images of (he destructive mother give rise to persecutory fears at the
death of a loved person. From this perspective, several problems left
hanging by sociocentric and structuralist approaches to witchcraft and
sorcery can be answered in new ways, [ambivalence, grief, Melanie Klein,
mourning, sorcery, witchcraft
· In particular, his assumption that witchcraft is responsible for his
predicament, according to Melanie Klein's analysis of manic-depressive
states,8In particular, his assumption that witchcraft is responsible for his
predicament, according to Melanie Klein's analysis of manic-depressive
states,8 firmly locates his paranoia in a form of infantile dread, while his
focus on career advancement brings together ego- and object-idealization in
movement which acts as a deflection from sexuality and suggests that he…read more

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