Abstract

Evaluation of psychotherapy and its application requires a lucid theoretical base. Part of that base must be a clear and testable theory of personality that fits contemporary scholarly criteria. Such a theory must not only must provide a description of personality function but also allow for discrimination that can be descriptive of “pathology.” This article attempts to provide a foundation for a theory of personality which, with reference to the person, is both phenomenologically and process based. The relationship of this theory to current thinking in personality theory is introduced, along with possible applications to psychopathology.

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