Historical Trends in Personality Research

  • Henry A. Murray


Science-making relevant to a better understanding of human states, activities, and achievements is proceeding in different languages and terminologies at widely-separated places in both hemispheres at such a healthy rate and in such multifarious ways and directions that no single array of papers of the sort that we have here could possibly be representative of all its diversities of being and becoming; nor could any psychologist keep abreast of it on all fronts without abandoning his own researches. Allow me, then, to start with a disclaimer of the Olympian connotations of the assigned heading, “Overview,” as well as of the above title for my prelude to this second triennial concert of eminent performers.


Human Nature Population Trend Historical Trend Regional Trend Psychoanalytic Theory 
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    Allport, G. W. European and American theories of personality. In David, H. P. and von Bracken, H. (Eds.), Perspectives in personality theory. New York: Basic Books, 1957, 3 - 24.Google Scholar

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