Henry A. Murray's Early Career: A Psychobiographical Exploration


  • The author wishes to thank Alan C Elms, Morris I Stein, Dan P McAdams, and Robert W White for their criticisms of an earlier draft of this paper


ABSTRACT This paper is a psychobiographical study of Henry A Murray's early career A formulation of his personality is developed, emphasizing his inner depressive tendencies, his sense of specialness, and his characteristic concerns in relationships His decision to become a psychologist, his initial reaction to academic psychology, and his years of involvement with psychoanalysis are considered in the light of his personality The final section contains an examination of the ways in which Murray's personality and his experiences during his early career shaped Explorations in Personality, his most influential work.