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Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Allan R. Harkness

  • Allan R. HarknessAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, The University of TulsaInstitute for Biochemical and Psychological Study of Individual Differences, The University of Tulsa Email author 

Twelve days before this psychological autobiography was due, I was strapped on my back in an ambulance speeding from Devil’s Den State Park to a regional medical center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I had an IV in my right arm and my left arm was suspended from a rail in the ceiling of the ambulance, but I had no control over movement of this hanging arm and it swung with each curve, each acceleration or deceleration, yielding excruciating pain. I did not suffer in silence, at times yelling “Ughhh!” or “Ohhh!” The attendant with me would apologize after my outbursts, “I’m sorry,” he would say. I would apologize as well, “I’m sorry,” I would say – sorry for my loudness, sorry for all the hours of hard work needed from the rescue team. Out the two rectangular back windows, I could see Arkansas forests going by, and occasionally, I glimpsed our car, driven by my wife Claire, following the ambulance.

Fortunately, in the weeks before this ride, much of this psychological life story had already ...

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