Part of the Library of the History of Psychological Theories book series (LHPT)


When we look back over the history of dynamic theories of personality, brief and incomplete as this sketch has been, and view it from the standpoint of the theorists themselves, not their detractors’ version of it, we see several decisive trends. First, as we pointed out at the beginning, concepts of the ego, personality, and the self are often used interchangeably when they are historically different and completely unintegrated constructs with their own separate meaning, literature, and theorists. Second, as we also pointed out, attitudes about dynamic theories of personality imply models of consciousness, theories of personality, and techniques of psychotherapy that are always interrelated with each other. Third, the history of psychotherapeutics is still dominated by writers who know only the history of psychoanalysis, giving a distinct Freudo-centric spin on any subject that falls within the purview of depth psychology.


Altered State Humanistic Psychology Transpersonal Psychology Reductionistic Positivism Scientific Worldview 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saybrook Graduate School and Research CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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