December 1963

The Study of Lives—Essays on Personality in Honor of Henry A. Murray.

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By Robert W. White, PhD, assisted by Katherine F. Bruner. Price, $9.50. Pp 442. Atherton Press, Division of Prentice-Hall, Inc., 70 Fifth Ave, New York, 1963

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):636-637. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180108021

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Henry Murray has for many decades influenced clinical psychology and psychiatry through his personal "study of lives" and through the works of his students, many of whom have become distinguished scientists. Murray's early Explorations in Personality became the basic model of a large series of studies of living wholes. His Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) has become with the Rorschach Test a workhorse of projective studies.

On the occasion of Professor Murray's seventieth birthday some of his former students and colleagues have contributed articles containing their own current original researches for a commemorative volume. The authors are all creative clinical psychologists, and each writes from his own expertise, revealing at the same time Murray's influence. Naturally the 18 contributions cannot be reviewed in total, since each has its own subject matter. They include works by Nevitt Sanford, Kenneth Keniston, Robert W. White, David C. McClelland, Gerhard S. Nielsen, Leopold Bellak,

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