Psychology Today

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Psychology Today

description Consumer magazine
Area of ​​Expertise Psychology and related subjects
language English
publishing company Sussex Publishers
Headquarters New York City
First edition 1967
Frequency of publication bi-monthly
Sold edition 250,000 copies
( 2017 )
Editor-in-chief Kaja Perina
Web link
Article archive 1992 ff
ISSN (print)

Psychology Today is a bi-monthly in the United States published magazine for psychology . The editorial offices are in New York City .

Foundation and history

Psychology today: for a healthier life (PT) was founded in 1967 by the then 25-year-old biopsychologist Nicolas Charney with the intention of making psychological literature more accessible to the general public . Charney said he was “bored of psychologists who philosophized about questions for which empirical results had long been available” and “their inflated and superfluous vocabulary”. He wanted to make PT the " Scientific American of the Social Sciences". Therefore he wanted to found a magazine that could show the fascination and liveliness of the topic.

Far away from the media corporations of New York, Charney founded his magazine in Del Mar , California without any previous journalistic experience. After briefly managing the editorial department of the magazine himself, Charney handed over the management in 1969 to the media professional T. George Harris, who led the editorial department until 1976 and increased the circulation to over 1 million copies that year. Charney himself founded Careers Today magazine with his company Communication / Research / Machines and sold PT to the Boise Cascade Corporation. In 1973 Boise passed Cascade PT on to Ziff-Davis Publishing . Under this leadership, the paper reached its highest circulation in 1978 with 1.75 million copies. After that, the magazine steadily lost circulation and advertising income. 1983 Ziff sold PT to the American Psychological Association . But even the professional organization of psychologists could no longer match the success of the early years and sold the paper to the New American Company in 1988 . New American became over-indebted with the takeover and was unable to offset the debt burden with sales. As a result, the owner, Owen Lipstein, sold New American to the Reader's Digest Association and shortly thereafter ceased publishing PT.

The magazine was purchased in 1991 by a purpose-built company, Sussex Publishers. Unlike previous acquisitions, Sussex no longer took over the previous debt, which opened up a new opportunity for the magazine and company.


The magazine now focuses on literature on behavior and covers topics such as psychology, relationships, neurosciences , sexuality , parenting , health - including alternative medicine - and work . In addition to the print edition, Psychology Today has a website that contains directories of therapists and other health professionals as well as blogs from a wide range of psychologists, psychiatrists , social workers , medical professionals , anthropologists , sociologists and science journalists .


  • Nicholas H. Charney, 1967-1969
  • T. George Harris, 1969-1976
  • Jack Nessel, 1977-1982
  • 1983-1997: unknown
  • Anastasia Toufexis, 1998-1999
  • Robert Epstein , 1999-2003
  • Kaja Perina, 2003 – today

further reading

Individual evidence

  1. Advertising Media Kit . In: Psychology Today . Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  2. a b c d e f O. L. Freeman: Letting the Air In. Presents a revisionist history of 'Psychology Today'. Started by Nicholas Charney 25 years ago . In: Psychology Today. January 1, 1992, accessed August 24, 2018 .
  3. a b c d e f g Philip H. Dougherty: ADVERTISING; Clause Confirms Deal For Psychology Today. In: New York Times website, Archieve. 1983, accessed August 25, 2018 .
  4. ^ Bruce V. Lewenstein: Was There Really a Popular Science “Boom”? . In: Science, Technology, & Human Values . 1987. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Phillip H. Dougherty: Advertising: Psychology Today Sale To Group Completed . In: The New York Times , February 23, 1983. 
  6. a b c Claudia H. German: THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Return of Psychology Today Is a Goal of Magazine Talks. In: New York Times website, Archieve. 1991, accessed August 25, 2018 .
  7. ^ Editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica: Psychology Today. In: Encyclopaedia Britannica (online edition). 2013, accessed on August 25, 2018 .
  8. Imprint of the Psychology Today website