Uncovering Lives: The Uneasy Alliance of Biography and Psychology (Paperback)
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Uncovering Lives: The Uneasy Alliance of Biography and Psychology (Paperback)

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Paperback 326 Pages / Published: 04/09/1997
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Psychobiography is often attacked by critics who feel that it trivialises complex adult personalities, "explaining the large deeds of great individuals," as George Will wrote, "by some slight the individual suffered at a tender age, say seven, when his mother took away a lollipop." And yet, as Alan Elms argues in Uncovering Lives, in the hands of a skilled practitioner, psychobiography can rival the very best traditional biography in the insights it offers. Elms makes a strong case for the value of psychobiography, arguing in large part from his own fascinating case studies of over a dozen prominent figures, including George Bush, Saddam Hussein, and Sigmund Freud. Written with great clarity and wit, Uncovering Lives illuminates the contributions that psychology can make to biography. Elm's enthusiasm for his subject is contagious and will inspire would-be psychobiographers as well as win over the most hardened skeptics.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195113792
Number of pages: 326
Weight: 493 g
Dimensions: 228 x 146 x 24 mm


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"Methodology, writing skill, and subject all combine in this book in the most exciting tradition of creative scholarship." --Extrapolation


"Professor Elms has gotten to the heart of the problem of biography: how to apply psychological understanding without bogging down in detail or drowning in theory. With quick wit and splendid erudition he dissects the lives of major figures in science, politics, literature, and the arts . . . . A landmark contribution to the integration of clinical and biographical studies of human development."--Peter Ostwald, M.D., author of Schumann: The Inner Voices of a Musical Genius and Vaslav Nijinsky: A Leap into Madness


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