Henry Murray

May 13th

Born 13 May 1893; died 23 Jun 1988 at age 95.
Henry Alexander Murray was an American psychologist who developed a theory of human personality based on an individual’s inborn needs and his relationship with the physical and social environment. In 1938 he was asked by the U.S. Government to put together a psychological profile on Adolph Hitler. During WW II, he served the U.S. Army by helping the forerunner of the CIA assess the psychological fitness of its agents. Murray’s main interest included personology, Melville and the welfare of the world in the atomic age. In his Basic Concepts for a Psychology of Personality, (Journal of Psychology, 15, 1936), he described personology as “the disciplined study of human nature.

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