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February 1964

The Study of Lives.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(2):307. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280080143036

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This unusual volume was presented to Dr. Henry Murray on his 70th birthday by his former students to honor this perceptive behavioral scientist. Dr. Murray, who has contributed so much to psychological theory, is responsible for encouraging and influencing some of the world's famous psychologists. Eighteen of his former students and associates have written original essays—as provocative as Murray's own ideas about personality.

The diverse topics fall into four major categories: growth and change in personality, procedures and variables for studying personality, creative processes in personality, and values in personality. The authors represent the Who's Who of American psychology: Frank, Barron, Leopold Bellak, Erik Erikson, Robert Holt, Donald MacKinnon, Dowd McClelland, Nevitt Sanford, Morris Stein, Frederick Wyatt, and others. Such provocative areas as impulse expression, the alienated undergraduate, the Harlequin complex, and self-confrontation are lucidly elaborated.

Some essays are intensive case studies while others reflect concern for the methods of

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