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Introduction

Autobiography constitutes a critical resource for psychological assessment and yet a complex challenge to it. The essence of this challenge lies in the fact that autobiography can be seen as both a focus of assessment and a means of conducting it. Since autobiography does not lend itself to assessment by instruments or scales, the sections in this entry will focus on general issues associated with the defining, assessing, and researching of autobiography, as well as on future developments concerning it.

Defining Autobiography

Autobiography is a narrative accounting of a person's life as interpreted or articulated by the person him or herself. It is a self-report by which a person expresses, explains, or explores his or her subjective experience over time. It thus represents a route to what ...

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