International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD)

International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD)

The International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD) was established to provide a forum for collaboration and information sharing amongst academics and clinicians interested in the field of Personality Disorders.

The Society promotes collaboration and excellence in research and clinical practice through its international and regional congresses, and the publication of the Journal of Personality Disorders.

Through this website and its regular newsletters, the Society aims to keep members up to date with the latest developments in research and educational programs in the field of Personality Disorders.




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The Jung Page

The Jung Page

Carl Jung was one of the creators of modern depth psychology, which seeks to facilitate a conversation with the unconscious energies which move through each of us. He contributed many ideas which continue to inform contemporary life: complex, archetype, persona, shadow, anima and animus, personality typology, dream interpretation, individuation, and many other ideas. He had a deep appreciation of our creative life and considered spirituality a central part of the human journey. His method of interpretation of symbolic expression not only deepens our understanding of personal material, opening the psychodynamics of our personal biographies and dreams, but the deeper, collective patterns which develop within culture as well. In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote that meaning comes when people feel they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya (illusion) compared to that one thing, that your life is meaningful.




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Society for Personality Assessment

Society for Personality Assessment

The Society for Personality Assessment is dedicated to the development of methods of personality assessment, the advancement of research on their effectiveness, the exchange of ideas about the theory and practice of assessment and the promotion of the applied practice of personality assessment.

With 1500 international members, we are the largest organization in the world with this focus. Our membership is varied and includes clinicians in private practice, forensic assessors, researchers in private and public settings and educators in academic settings.




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Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)

Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)

The Center for Applications of Psychological Type, CAPT, was founded in 1975 by Isabel Briggs Myers and Dr. Mary McCaulley, but the seeds of its creation were planted six years earlier when those two women met for the first time.

In 1968, Mary McCaulley, a psychologist then on the faculty of the University of Florida Department of Clinical Psychology, discovered the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument in the Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook. She became fascinated with the Indicator and Jung’s concepts of type and began testing it with her students and clients.

Her growing interest in the MBTI instrument led Dr. McCaulley to contact Isabel Myers for information about a book mentioned in the MBTI Manual. The history of CAPT really began with the first conversation that took place between these two women. In the year that followed they corresponded regularly and were finally able to meet a year later in person.

The collaborative relationship between Mary McCaulley and Isabel Myers continued to grow over the next five years. It was during this time that they created the first computer scoring program for the MBTI instrument, conducted research studies of more than 3000 students, and developed the first training programs for professionals, teaching them how to use the Indicator.

By 1975, it became clear to both women that their growing type research and training programs warranted an educational center of its own—and the Center for Applications of Psychological Type was created. In its fledgling stage, CAPT began as a field office of the Medical Student Association Foundation, and four years later became an independent not for profit organization. CAPT has been located in Gainesville, Florida since its inception.

The MBTI instrument was originally published by Educational Testing Service (ETS). When ETS decided to no longer publish the MBTI instrument, it was important that another publisher be found. Mary McCaulley made contact with a psychologist at Stanford University, Jack Black, who had recently started a publishing company, CPP, Inc. In 1976 CPP became the new publisher for the Indicator. Today, the MBTI instrument is still published by CPP and has gone from a little known instrument to one that has gained worldwide acclaim.

CAPT has also flourished over the past thirty plus years, attracting a dynamic and devoted practitioner base, as the interest in and understanding of psychological type has grown. CAPT’s research data bank holds more than a million records from people who have taken the Indicator. The MBTI bibliography has more than 10,000 entries, and the Isabel Briggs Myers Memorial Library has developed into the largest collection of MBTI publications, dissertations and theses in the world.

Isabel Myers and Mary McCaulley met because of a shared interest in people, a fascination with the differences that make us unique, and a desire to understand how those differences can be used constructively to understand and appreciate others and ourselves. CAPT is committed to continuing the mission of these two extraordinary women—to learn more about and to teach the inherent value of our differences, those which make life, as Isabel Myers put it, “more amusing, more interesting and more of a daily adventure than it could possibly be if everyone were alike.”




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SESP (Society of Experimental and Social Psychology)

SESP (Society of Experimental and Social Psychology)

The Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) is a scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of social psychology. Our typical members are Ph.D.s in social psychology, working in academic or other research settings. One of the main ways that SESP furthers its goal is by holding an annual meeting in the Fall of each year.

SESP also publishes two research journals: the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Social Psychological and Personality Science. All SESP members receive online access to these journals as part of their annual dues.

Currently, SESP has more than 1000 members throughout the world. Membership is by nomination and is open to any self-identified social psychologist, regardless of disciplinary affiliation. Because of the selective process for admission to the society, all members have Fellow status in SESP.




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The B.F. Skinner Foundation

The B.F. Skinner Foundation

The B. F. Skinner Foundation promotes the science founded by B. F. Skinner and supports the practices derived from that science. In so doing, the Foundation advances a more humane world by replacing coercive techniques with positive procedures.

Our goal is to introduce the new generation of scholars and students, as well as general educated public, to the Skinner’s legacy and relevance.

Established in 1988 the B. F. Skinner Foundation has a wealth of material from Skinner’s literary estate, from donations from his colleagues and students, and from family members. The Foundation has received donations from companies that published Skinner materials or films, thus adding to its already extensive collection. The Foundation continues to maintain contact with professionals and students worldwide who are former students, or colleagues or individuals interested in his work. The Foundation is also the prime contact for permissions for reproducing Skinner material or for translations of Skinner’s works.




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Midwestern Psychological Association

Midwestern Psychological Association

MPA is the oldest regional psychological association. It held its first meeting at Northwestern University in 1926. Presenters at the first meeting included Joseph Jastrow, Coleman Griffith and Clark Hull. MPA has held an annual meeting World since, except 1943-1945 because of political War political MPA has weathered political storms over the years including passing a resolution in 1939 condemning Hitler’s Nazi regime, moving the conference in 1952 to protest McCarthyism, and urging the removal of US troops from Vietnam in 1970. First and foremost, however, MPA has been an organization dedicated to psychological science. It has enjoyed the leadership of eminent past Presidents including B.F. Skinner, Harry Harlow, Robert Seashore, Paul Meehl, Donald Fiske, and Harvey Carr.




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Association for Research in Personality

Association for Research in Personality

What are the benefits of ARP Membership? Members receive online access to the journals at a significantly reduced annual rate. Members can also register for the biennial ARP Conference at a discounted rate. Regarding the journals, JRP publishes theoretical and empirical work in the traditional areas of personality psychology, including both trait and dynamic process-oriented approaches, as well as work from related areas (e.g., genetics, cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology) that is relevant to understanding both normal and pathological aspects of personality. SPPS, co-sponsored with several other scientific societies, publishes cutting-edge, short reports of important studies in personality and social psychology. Regarding the ARP Conference, we hold a stand-alone meeting every other year. It is an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss cutting edge research about personality.

 




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