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The Evolution of Personality Assessment in the 21st Century
Understanding the People who Understand People

ISBN 9780367477424
Published July 1, 2022 by Routledge
424 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding People who Understand People

Christopher J. Hopwood

2. The Development of Therapeutic Assessment: From Shame and Isolation to Connection and Love

Stephen E. Finn

3. Personality: The Heart of the Matter

Donna S. Bender

4. My Hobby: Listening for the MMPI’s Questions

David S. Nichols

5. My Journey to the Assessment Land

Ety Berant

6. The Sands of Identity Keep Shifting: Late-Life Career Developments

Irving B. Weiner

7. Reports of my Being an Extravert Are Greatly Exaggerated

Virginia Brabender

8. Thoughts from a Contrarian Generalist: A Roundabout Journey to Where I am Now

Robert F. Bornstein

9. An Overdetermined Life in Psychoanalysis

Nancy McWilliams

10. Influences and Inspirations

Robert P. Archer

11. It Takes a Village to Raise an MMPI Author

Yossef S. Ben-Porath

12. A Long Life: Twists and Turns

Phebe Cramer

13. Thomas A. Widiger: Personality Assessment

Thomas A. Widiger

14. Evolving Convictions through Dogged Pursuit of Answers and Large Dollops of Luck: My Piece in the World of Personality and Psychopathology Assessment

Lee Anna Clark

15. My Journey to Become a Clinical Psychologist

Roger L. Greene

16. From Stable Traits to Spinning Vectors: A Measurement Driven Journey

D.S. Moskowitz

17. A Brief History of "Me"

Lorna Smith Benjamin

18. The Numbers and the Story

Leslie C. Morey

19. Circle Songs and Sands of Time

Aaron L. Pincus

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Dr. Christopher J. Hopwood is Professor of Personality Psychology at the University of Zurich. He is a fellow and former board member of the Society for Personality Assessment and Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality Assessment and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


"Hopwood has assembled a fascinating array of stories from personality assessment luminaries about their personal and professional shaping influences, their life- and career trajectories.  In essence, these are gifts of generativity.  This treasure chest of narratives will inspire future generations of personality assessors to find their visions and carve out their unique paths." 

-Radhika Krishnamurthy, PsyD, ABAP; Clinical Psychology Professor, Florida Institute of Technology; Former President, Society for Personality Assessment 

"People who understand people know that scientists are not inert ingredients in their research. Chris Hopwood has curated a master list of the most accomplished and influential living personality assessment scientists and practitioners to share their professional journeys, which have left an indelible mark on the field. The result is a brightly illuminating volume that will be a must read for those who want to understand how we come to understand people."

-Aidan Wright, PhD; Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh