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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Research Study

Qualitative Methodology: Psychobiography

Submission: November 11, 2019;Published: November 20, 2019

DOI: 10.31031/PPRS.2019.02.000555

ISSN: 2639-0612
Volume3 Issue1


The aim of the current article is to explain and define what a psychobiography is and distinguish it from other concepts such as life story, pathography, psychohistory or case study. We review the history of this approach from its origins to the present, showing its evolution and acceptance throughout these years. Afterwards, we explain its predictive, educative and scientific characteristics and we present the main processes to develop a psychobiography. Lastly, the article presents some common criticisms of this approach as well as responses to them.

Keywords: Psychobiography; Personality; Personality psychology; Qualitative methodology; Qualitative measures; Qualitative inquiry

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