1. Introduction

Authors

  • William Nasby,

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    1. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
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  • Nancy W. Read

    1. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
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  • This research was supported in part by Grant Number MH42184 from the National Institute of Mental Health, which was awarded to William Nasby. Both authors express their gratitude to Dodge Morgan, who conscientiously–if, from time to time, less than agreeably–completed each of the assigned tasks before, during, and after the voyage, and to Manny Morgan, who wished the voyage to produce a lasting benefit to others, and without whose impetus the wealth of data from the circumnavigation simply would not exist. The action editors, Dan McAdams and Steve West, deserve special thanks. Individually and jointly, their unflagging encouragement and astute guidance prevented this project from floundering, guaranteeing instead that it reached the current way point safely.

Address correspondence concerning this project to William Nasby, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 935 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94303. E-mail address: wmnasby@pgsp.edu.

Abstract

ABSTRACT In this article, we introduce the case study of Dodge Morgan, who, at the age of 54, completed a nonstop, solo circumnavigation of the earth in his boat American Promise. Our investigation builds upon a unique foundation of qualitative and quantitative data, which includes extensive formal assessments, content analysis of Morgan's voyage log, additional autobiographical material, and diverse collateral biographical sources. We describe our intent of applying two theoretical models of personality, the five-factor model and the life-story model, to the data, and present an overview of their differing perspectives and predictions. We discuss technical challenges of methodology and integration, and introduce the subsequent chapters comprising the full case study.

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