Theories of Personality

Psychology 470 Project


It has often times been suggested that a given personality theorist's personal early life experiences greatly influence both the form and content of the theory that he/she develops. Choose one of the personality theorists (Allport, Eysenck, Freud, Jung, Rogers, or Skinner) and read biographical/autobiographical material about their pre-professional lives. Then write a paper relating their early lives to their theory. Be sure to include a bibliography of the reading that you have done.

Each paper is to be typed, double-spaced and submitted unfolded, stapled without a cover but with a cover page giving your name and the title of your paper. Please note also that since the resources to do this project are quite limited, be forewarned to start early and make sure that the needed materials are available.

Sources that you may find useful include:


          Allport, G. A. (1967). Autobiography. In E. G. Boring & G. Lindzey (Eds.). A history of psychology in autobiography (Vol. 5). (pp. 1-25).
Boston: Appleton. [BF105.H5]

          Elms, A. C. (1993). Allport's Personality and Allport's personality. In K. H. Craik, R. Hogan & R. N. Wolfe (Eds.). Fifty years of personality psychology (pp. 39-55). New York: Plenum Press. [BF698.F525]


          Eysenck, H. J. (1990). Rebel with a cause. London: W. H. Allen. [BF109.E95A3]

          Eysenck, H. J. (1980). Hans Jurgen Eysenck. In G. Lindzey (Ed.). A history of psychology in autobiography (Vol. 7) (pp. 153-187). San Francisco: W. W. Norton. [BF105.H5]

          Eysenck, H. J. (1991). Maverick psychologist. In C. E. Walker (Ed.). The history of clinical psychology in autobiography (Vol. 1) (pp. 39-86). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. [RC466.8.H57]

          Gibson, H. B. (1981). Hans Eysenck: The man and his work. London: Owen. [BF109.E95G5]


          Gay, P. (1988). Freud: A life for our time. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. [BF173.F85G377]

          Jones, E. (1953). The life and work of Sigmund Freud. Vol. 1. The formative years and the great discoveries, 1856-1900. New York: Basic Books. [BF173.F85J6]


          Brome, V. (1978). Jung. New York: Atheneum. [BF109.J8B7]

          Hannah, B. (1976). Jung, his life and work: A biographical memoir. New York: Putnam. [BF173.J85H33]


          Kirschenbaum, H. (1979). On becomming Carl Rogers. New York: Delacorte Press. [BF109.R63K57]

          Rogers, C. R. (1967). Carl Rogers. In E. G. Boring & G. Lindzey (Eds.). A history of psychology in autobiography (Vol. 5) (pp. 341-384). New York: Appleton- Century-Crofts. [BF105.H5]


          Bjork, D. W. (1993). B. F. Skinner: A life. New York: Basic Books. [BF109.S55B46]

          Skinner, B. F. (1967). B. F. Skinner. In E. G. Boring & G Lindzey (Eds.). History of psychology in autobiography (Vol. 5) (pp. 385-413). New York: Appleton- Century-Crofts. [BF105.H5]

          Skinner, B. F. (1976). Particulars of my life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. [BF109.S55A33]

          Wiener, D. N. (1996). B. F. Skinner: Benign anarchist. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. [BF109.S55W53]

Wesley G. Morgan, Ph.D.
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