Criteria for the Life History, with Analyses of Six Notable Documents

Criteria for the Life History, with Analyses of Six Notable Documents

Criteria for the Life History, with Analyses of Six Notable Documents

Criteria for the Life History, with Analyses of Six Notable Documents

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So elusive and casual are the sources from which one acquires one's culture that precise acknowledgments of indebtedness are impossible. Usually we accept only the most immediate and significant surrogates of a massive tradition and let them stand for all the rest. One does best, perhaps, if he points at the beautiful pattern of scientific thought in our society and avows humbly that he stands in some relation to it.

Before presenting acknowledgments an important statement must be made about this book. It developed initially at the suggestion of Professors Mark A. May, Gardner Murphy, and Gordon W. Allport who were functioning as a sub-committee of the committee on culture and personality of the Social Science Research Council. They asked the writer to canvass the life-history literature to see what in it was of relevance to the concepts "Competition" and "Cooperation." After the report to their committee was finished and the material assembled, they allowed a portion of the work to be elaborated and to appear under the title of this book. Appreciation is expressed to them and to the Social Science Research Council whom they represented. I am particularly indebted to my chief, Dr. Mark A. May, for many personal and scientific favors and to the Institute which he directs for its support of my work.

He who finds life livable must be indebted to his parents, and I am; both James E. Dollard and Ellen Brady Dollard lived the self-denying lives which made my education possible. My present life is very much an expression of the ambitious and faithful interest of my mother who is now living in Madison, Wisconsin. Particularly warm among relatives is my appreciation of my mother's brother, Attorney Charles E. Brady, for his sterling support.

Appreciation is expressed to Dr. Max Mason who in-

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