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Psychonanalysis/Hitler/Murray: The psychology clinic at Harvard University, from the 1920s onward, provided a place for psychologists to conduct research on personality from a more holistic view of the person, influenced strongly by the psychoanalytic ideas of Henry Murray (1938)(1). This approach lent itself to the idiographic study of individual persons. Murray applied the psychoanalytic model to interpret the personality of Adolf Hitler during the Second World War and to predict his future behaviour, in a report commissioned by the United States government to assist the Allies in defeating him (Langer 1972(2)).


1.Murray, H. A. 1938. Explorations in personality: a clinical and experimental study of fifty men of college age. New York: Oxford University Press
2. Langer, W. 1972.The mind of Adolph Hitler: the secret wartime report. New York: BasicBooks


Susan Cloninger, “Conceptual issues in personality theory”, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press.


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Murray, Henry A.
Corr I
Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

Corr II
Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018


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