This valuable collection of source materials is designed to acquaint the reader with primary sources and empirical research dealing with personality theory. This type of volume exemplifies both virtues and limitations. One of the virtues is to be able to read the original papers by the innovators of personality theory. The significant limitation is the minimal editorializing that precedes each chapter. Unless one has a rich background in personality theory, it will be difficult for the reader to evaluate and compare the contributions of the various theorists.
The major ideas of Freud, Jung, social psychologists, Murray's personology, Goldstein's organismic theory, Sheldon's psychology, factor theories of Cattell, learning theory, Rogers' self theory, and Murphy's biosocial theory are directly exposed to the reader. This direct contact with the original thinking and writing of these theorists opens the way to understanding their key concepts. This is necessary, because in an area of obscure