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Pioneers of Personality Science: Autobiographical Perspectives / Edition 1

Pioneers of Personality Science: Autobiographical Perspectives / Edition 1

by Stephen Strack, Bill N. Kinder


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The field of personology or personality is enjoying great growth, spurred by findings from behavior genetics, evolutionary psychology, rethinking of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders definition of personality disorders, and advances in test construction and psychometrics . This book traces the development of the field, written by those who were the pioneers of personality assessment.

Sixteen autobiographical chapters written by the pioneers of personality assessment trace the development of the field. With accompanying photos and a concise bibliography from each contributor, this one-of-a-kind compilation of the past, present, and future of personology provide a unique insider's view of the discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826132055
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/18/2005
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Stephen Strack, PhD, is Assistant Director of Training at the VA Ambulatory Care Center in Los Angeles, and holds faculty appointments at Alliant International University, Los Angeles, a,nd Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena. As a graduate student at the University of Miami he worked with Theodore Millon, the late Robert B. Meagher, Jr., and Catherine Greene. After receiving his doctorate in 1983, Dr. Strack has continued to work in the area of personality theory and assessment. He has published five edited books and over 40 articles and chapters. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Society for Personality Assessment and a Board member of the Millon Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology.

Bill N. Kinder (PhD), is Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida (USF) in Tampa, and former editor of the Journal of Personality Assessment (1993-2002). After completing his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1975, he was a resident and instructor at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston before joining the USF faculty. He is a Fellow and former Secretary of the Society of Personality Assessment. He has published widely in the areas of personality assessment and various aspects of human sexuality.

Table of Contents

    Foreword, Irving B. Weiner
    Preface, Stephen. Strack and Bill N. Kinder
  1. My Unexpected Life, Jack Block
  2. Pathways, Arnold H. Buss
  3. Discontinuities, Side Steps, and Finding a Proper Place: An Autobiographical Account, James N. Butcher
  4. A Report on Myself: The Science and/or Art of Assessment, Richard H. Dana
  5. A Psychologist Grows in Brooklyn: Reflections from the Past, Leonard Handler
  6. A Life-Long Attempt to Understand and Assess Personality, Robert R. Holt
  7. Over Half a Century of Playing with Inkblots and Other Wonderous Pursuits, Wayne H. Holtzman
  8. Have PhD, Will Travel, Samuel Karson
  9. From Freud to Gehrig to Rapaport to DiMaggio, Paul M. Lerner
  10. Confessions of an Iconoclast: At Home on the Fringe, Jane Loevinger
  11. Speak, Memory, or Goodbye, Columbus, Joseph Masling
  12. A Blessed and Charmed Personal Odyssey, Theodore Millon
  13. Ideas from My Undergraduate Years: An Autobiographical Fragment, Edwin S. Shneidman
  14. Chance and Choice, Change and Continuity: That's Life, Norman D. Sundberg
  15. The Shaping of Personality: Genes, Environments, and Chance Encounters, Marvin Zuckerman

  16. Index

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These accounts provide captivating glimpses of the individual life paths of these influential psychologists and illuminating perspectives on the people, ideas, and events that have shaped this psychological speciality. Pioneers of Personality Science will bring pleasure to the readers who treasure biography as history and a wealth of information to psychologists who value the study, teaching, and practice of personality assessment."

--Irving B. Weiner (PhD), from the foreword

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