Personality, Psychological Assessment, and Psychobiography


  • This paper is an abridged version of “Personality, Psychological Assessment, Psychobiography, and Psychotherapy” discussed at the annual meeting of the Society for Personology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 1986

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ABSTRACT A method for the analysis of personal data is described Although primarily directed toward extracting recurring dynamic sequences, “scripts,”“themas,”“guiding messages,” the method can be utilized to assess a host of personality vanables Two major strategies are employed (a) letting the data set reveal itself, and (b) asking the data a question Rules for data extraction and data transformation are discussed Application of the method to work m psychobiography is indicated by example