A Short History of Self Search

My interest in the psychology of types began with the study of astrology and handwriting analysis. I wrote a few astrological books based on the perspective of the seven rays in relation to character and soul types, drawing on many years work as an astrological consultant. My statistical work was also instrumental in shaping Self Search—I tended to like system and analysis, and focused many years of attention on statistical research in astrology. This culminated in the research monograph, "The Seven Faces of Man." That book was developed with the help and support of an astronomer-friend whom I met while a student at San Diego State University.

My academic years were focused mainly on the psychology of human communication with an emphasis in semantics and this experience also adds a coloring to Self Search. I had been studying the esoteric semantics of the rays—mainly Alice Bailey for about twenty years when I began to sense the need for a more systematic and innovative method of rays assessment. In the mid 1980s I began work on the Self Search program, initially developing it on the old Kaypro computer and at a later date on the PC. Self Search is the culmination of an effort to contribute to a practical understanding of the rays and to turn attention toward the inspiring matrix of understanding in which the ray teaching is embedded.

Self Search was the subject of a doctoral dissertation study: Psychological Assessment Of Personality Types Proposed in The Theories of Alice Bailey And Roberto Assagioli, A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the California Graduate Institute by Paul F. Dorin, November, 1988. This dissertation includes a reliability and validity study showing significant correlations between the types as measured by Self Search and other tests including: The Study of Values, The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire, The Personality Research Form, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and The Human Information Processing Survey.

James Davis
May 2013