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The Psychobiographer’s Dilemma

By: James William Anderson, PhD, Northwestern University Midway through his psychobiography of Gandhi, Erik Erikson (Gandhi’s Truth (1969) pp. 229-254) stopped and wrote a lengthy letter to the Mahatma, who, of course, had died years before. Erikson admired Gandhi but was troubled by him also and felt he could not …

Psychobiography Column – June 2014

By James William Anderson, PhD, Northwestern University Why did Van Gogh cut off his ear?  Why did Richard Nixon, despite having an insurmountable lead in the 1972 Presidential election, authorize or allow a group funded by his reelection committee to flaunt the law in breaking into the Democratic Party’s headquarters?  …