Gordon Allport: The Man and His Ideas

Gordon Allport: The Man and His Ideas

Gordon Allport: The Man and His Ideas

Gordon Allport: The Man and His Ideas

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Gordon W. Allport was born in 1897 in Indiana and grew up in Cleveland, the son of a physician, in a home characterized by "plain Protestant piety and hard work [ Allport, 1967 ]." His long involvement with Harvard University began in 1915 when his brother, Floyd, encouraged him to apply. In those more leisurely days, he decided during the summer to enroll and arrived in September to take his entrance examinations. From this almost casual acceptance, his deep devotion to his alma mater never waned: "In the course of fifty years' association with Harvard I have never ceased to admire the unspoken expectation of excellence [ Allport, 1967 ]."

Allport's career was characterized by a convergence of interest in both personality and social psychology, in science and social issues, in psychology and social ethics. His undergraduate years foretold this convergence. He was impressed by his first . . .

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