Hubert Hermans

Hubert J.M. Hermans Emeritus Professor of psychology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen

His dissertation (1967) was on Motivation and achievement and resulted in two psychological tests: The Achievement Motivation Test for adults (1968; published in English in 1971) and The Achievement Motivation Test for children (1971; published in German in 1976). As a reaction to the static and impersonal nature of psychological tests, he developed a Self-Confrontation Method (SCM; 1974; book published in English in 1995). Application of this method in practice led to the establishment of the Dutch Association for SCM Consultants that counted 300 members in 2010. In the nineties of the last century he developed a Dialogical Self Theory, inspired by the American pragmatism of William James and the dialogical school of the Russian literary scholar Mikhail Bakhtin. Since 2002 he is president of the International Society for Dialogical Science (ISDS) and since 2006 editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Dialogical Science (IJDS). Together with Agnieska Hermans-Konopka, he wrote the book Dialogical Self Theory: Positioning and counter-positioning in a globalizing society, with Cambridge University Press, 2010. For his scientific merits to society, he was decorated as Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2002.