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These stimulating companion volumes reflect an expansion of the coverage of Wrightsman's earlier book Personality Development in Adulthood. They encourage readers to look at the evolving nature of their own lives, and include case studies throughout to illustrate concepts in a thought-provoking, non-technical manner.

The Use of Personal Documents in Understanding Adult Personality Development
The use of personal documents in understanding adult personality development

If we want to know how people feel—what they experience and what they remember, what their emotions and motives are like, and the reasons for acting as they do—why not ask them?

Gordon W. Allport

Who knows us better than ourselves? Some would say that such a question is easily answered, but only a few psychologists, regrettably, follow Allport's admonition quoted at the beginning of this chapter. Instead, various—even devious—methods have been developed to determine persons' personalities without directly asking them.

Yet some psychologists do seek examples of the subject's written or oral expression as indications of personality. The purpose of this chapter is to describe the use of ...

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