Whereas most psychology books discuss current or future trends, this one focuses on the past. It consists of a collection of important and historically significant writings by a select group of men and women who, over the past 50 years, were honored by their colleagues for their distinguished contributions to the field of personality assessment. Published from 1939 through 1989, most of the papers were SPA Presidential addresses or presentations by the recipients of the Society's Distinguished Contributions Award. Taken as a whole, they provide a unique perspective on the evolution of personality assessment in America from the perspective of those who have made important contributions to that history. The writings are not merely of historical interest, but intrinsically important scientific contributions, some of which were in danger of being lost or forgotten. The editors feel it is important to preserve and pass on this valuable legacy for the education and edification of later generations.

It is not only its historical perspective that makes this book unique. This book provides first-hand discussions of crucial issues in personality assessment written by the gifted men and women who were actually grappling with these problems at the time, without knowing what the outcomes would be. Readers will find that these papers provide insights not only into the conflicts and controversies, but also into the ideas, attitudes, and emotions of the men and women who took part in them.

chapter |14 pages

Personality Assessment in America: An Introduction

ByEdwin I. Megargee, Charles D. Spielberger

chapter |9 pages

Out of the Ink Well (The Rorschach Method)

ByMorris Krugman

chapter |10 pages

Some Theoretical Considerations Regarding the Rorschach Method

ByMaria Rickers-Ovsiankina

chapter |13 pages

The Impact of Projective Techniques on Basic Psychological Science

BySamuel B. Kutash

chapter |10 pages

Psychological Variables In Human Cancer

ByBruno Klopfer

chapter |2 pages

Henry A. Murray

An Appreciation
ByLeopold Bellak

chapter |9 pages

Formal Aspects of the TAT — A Neglected Resource

ByRobert R. Holt

chapter |8 pages

Personality Development in Adulthood and Old Age

ByWilliam E. Henry, Elaine Cumming

chapter |9 pages

Projections on a Triptych; or a Hagiology for Our Time 1

ByEdwin S. Shneidman

chapter |3 pages

The Metamorphosis of Projective Methods 1

ByG. Walter Klopfer

chapter |14 pages

Projective Techniques in Crisis 1

ByMarguerite R. Hertz

chapter |13 pages

A Funny Thing Happened to Us on the Way to the Latent Entities

ByPaul E. Meehl

chapter |13 pages

But It’s Only An Inkblot

ByJohn Exner

chapter |6 pages

The Future of Psychodiagnosis Revisited

ByIrving B. Weiner

chapter |21 pages

Reflections on Fifty Years of Personality Assessment and Future Directions for the Field

ByEdwin I. Megargee, Charles D. Spielberger