This edited volume provides readers with a deeper knowledge of the growth of personality assessment in North America over the past 40 years through the autobiographies of its most notable figures.

Experts provide insights into their professional backgrounds, training experiences, their contributions and approaches to personality assessment, their perceptions of current trends, and their predictions about the future of the field. Each chapter explores topics of deep significance to the writer, fluidly intertwining theory and personal narrative.

Beginning clinicians, scholars, and students will gain a better understanding of the major empirical advances that were made during the last generation regarding key questions about the nature of people, the structure of personality traits, and the connections between personality and mental health.

chapter 1|11 pages

Understanding People Who Understand People

ByChristopher J. Hopwood

chapter 2|28 pages

The Development of Therapeutic Assessment

From Shame and Isolation to Connection and Love 1
ByStephen E. Finn

chapter 3|26 pages


The Heart of the Matter
ByDonna S. Bender

chapter 4|30 pages

My Hobby

Listening for the MMPI's Questions
ByDavid S. Nichols

chapter 5|29 pages

Personality Assessment Land

ByEty Berant

chapter 6|8 pages

The Sands of Identity Keep Shifting

Late-Life Career Developments
ByIrving B. Weiner

chapter 7|19 pages

Reports of My Being an Extravert Are Greatly Exaggerated

ByVirginia M. Brabender

chapter 8|18 pages

Thoughts from a Contrarian Generalist

A Roundabout Journey to Where I Am Now
ByRobert F. Bornstein

chapter 9|23 pages

An Overdetermined Life in Psychoanalysis

ByNancy McWilliams

chapter 10|25 pages

Influences and Inspirations

ByRobert P. Archer

chapter 11|18 pages

It Takes a Village to Raise an MMPI Author 1

ByYossef S. Ben-Porath

chapter 12|5 pages

A Long Life

Twists and Turns
ByPhebe Cramer

chapter 13|19 pages

Thomas A. Widiger

Personality Assessment
ByThomas A. Widiger

chapter 14|33 pages

Evolving Convictions through Dogged Pursuit of Answers and Large Dollops of Luck

My Piece in the World of Personality and Psychopathology Assessment 1
ByLee Anna Clark

chapter 15|19 pages

My Journey to Become a Clinical Psychologist

ByRoger L. Greene

chapter 16|28 pages

From Stable Traits to Spinning Vectors

A Measurement Driven Journey 1
ByD. S. Moskowitz

chapter 17|7 pages

A Brief History of “Me”

ByLorna Smith Benjamin

chapter 18|24 pages

The Numbers and the Story

ByLeslie C. Morey

chapter 19|29 pages

Circle Songs and Sands of Time

ByAaron L. Pincus