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Murray's Medallion with the quote Let Not Him Who Seeks Cease Until He Finds, And When He Finds He Shall Be Astonished.

Henry A. Murray Obituary. Henry A. Murray, a psychologist and educator who was a pioneer in the development of personality theory, died of pneumonia yesterday at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 95 years old. From The New York Times, June 24, 1988.

Powerful People Feel Taller Than They Really Are According to research by Michelle Duguid and Jack Goncalo published in Psychological Science, December 2011, participants assigned to act as a leader on experimental task increased their self-reported height by about an inch.

A Revised Coding System for Need for Achievement From the site: Recently, Blankenship et al. (2003) developed 10 new pictures for eliciting achievement imagery and, in the process, revised the coding system for nAch, first developed by McClelland, Atkinson, Lowell, and Clark in 1953. In this manual we [Blankenship et al.] describe the revised method for scoring nAch from stories written to new PSE pictures and provide examples and practice materials for researcher assistants to learn the revised method. Includes references and links to examples of nAch categories and subcategories including Standard of Excellence, Unique Accomplishment, Long Term Involvement, Positive Anticipatory Goal State, Negative Anticipatory Goal State, Blocks to Achievement and others.

TAT Research A description of the technique and a discussion of some of the stimuli from the TAT by Wesley G. Morgan at the University of Tennessee.

Assignments, Exercises, and Activities

Thematic Apperception Test James W. Pennebaker maintains this page of a dozen or so online research projects. Most of them involve taking a brief survey or by completing short exercises. Feedback and insight into one’s personality is provided. Topics include the TAT, Big Five questionnaire, perceptual style, spirituality, depression and more.

Current Researchers and Research Teams

Foley Center for the Study of Lives In the tradition of Henry A. Murray and Erik Erikson, the Foley Center at Northwestern University studies psychological and social development in adulthood.

The Henry A. Murray Research Archive According to the website is the Harvard-MIT Data Center's endowed, permanent repository for quantitative and qualitative social science research data. We preserve in perpetuity all types of data of interest to the research community, including numerical, video, audio, interview notes, and others. We accept data deposits through this web site, which is powered by our virtual data center software. The archive also serves as a technology platform of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. For an overview of the center, click here

Electronic Texts

Murray & Kluckhohn (1953) Excerpts from Henry A. Murray and Clyde Kluckhohn's textbook Personality in Nature, Society, and Culture. An overview of personality including the famous EVERY MAN is in certain respects a. like all other men, b. like some other men, c. like no other man quote.

Murray (1943) Analysis of the Personality of Adolph Hitler, With Predictions of His Future Behavior and Suggestions for Dealing with Him Now and After Germany's Surrender from the OSS Archives available for download from the Law Library at Cornell University.

Murray (1943): Analysis of the Personality of Adolph Hitler From The Internet Archive, which is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Murray (1938): Explorations In Personality From The Internet Archive, which is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Examples and Illustrations

Doug Davis, Haverford College, as part of his Personality Assessment course posted these 4 sets of responses to TAT cards. They include responses of a University of Michigan undergraduate woman from the 1960s, a Moroccan adolescent, and Haverford undergraduates to both a computer stimulus and the standard cards.

Lecture Notes

Lecture Notes of Henry Murray and Personology by Michael T. Hynan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Lecture Outlines Sandra K. Webster of Westminster College, New Wilimington, Pennsylvania made this lecture outline for her personality class. Includes an overview of his life and his theories. Try an alternate version here

Slide Presentations

Tests, Measures, and Scales

Need to Belong From Leary, M. R., Kelly, K. M., Cottrell, C. A., & Schreindorfer, L. S. (2007). Individual differences in the need to belong: Mapping the nomological network. Unpublished manuscript, Duke University.

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