Chuck Strozier Books

Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

Kohut’s “self psychology” re-imagined psychanalysis as a theory and practice based on empathy. Many had flailed at the stout walls of classical ego psychology. It took someone from the inside, a man who at first had firmly embraced orthodoxy, to think things from the ground up,


“This impeccably researched book, written in a clear elegant style that clarifies even complicated ideas carries us along like an exciting novel.”

– Sophie Freud, American Journal of Psychotherapy

About Chuck Strozier

Psychotherapist, Professor, Author, Photographer

My Story

It is an act of outrageous narcissism to list one’s accomplishments for a website such as the one you are reading. The best I can do in this narrative portion of my self presentation is try and occupy that liminal space between naming what I think I have done of note in my life without puffing myself up like a balloon to be popped.

Most importantly I have sired four children all of whom I love and adore and who have in turn produced six delightful grandchildren, survived a divorce and a period of single-parenthood, and then found the love of my life for the last 35 years. I feel like the proud patriarch of an increasingly extended clan.

Professionally, I was a Professor of History for half a century, first at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois, and then for 34 years at John Jay College, The City University of New York. From the age of 16, however, I was also interested in psychoanalysis, which I studied formally at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis in the 1970s after I received my B.A. from Harvard in 1966 and my PhD from the University of Chicago in 1971. For a number of years as a psychohistorian, my “patients” were all dead, but starting in 1992 I began a clinical practice in psychoanalysis and found I loved it and miraculously my patients actually got better.

I have been blessed to publish quite a few books and numerous articles and received more honors than I surely deserve but have always gladly accepted. All of that is detailed elsewhere on the website. I am delighted you got this far in reading about me!

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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. Speed was taken with his visitor, but, as he said later,

Until The Fires Stopped Burning

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