I was born in Cape Town, in 1942, attended primary school in Villiersdorp and completed high school training at the Paarl Gymnasium. After working in a bank for a few years, I enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1964, I graduated with psychology and English as major subjects, followed by Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees and a Secondary School Teachers` Diploma. I was also able to register as a Counselling, Clinical and Research Psychologist. In 1966, following my Honours training, I was appointed to a lecturing post in psychology at Stellenbosch, followed by a professorship at the University of the Western Cape in 1977, where I remained until my retirement in 2003. While at UWC, I designed their M Psych course for the training of psychologists and managed and supervised a project which provided free psychological services to a rural community. In addition, I have managed to run a psychological practice of limited scope, partly because of the satisfaction it gives me and partly because I believed I needed to be able to apply what I was teaching. Since my retirement I have continued to be involved with academic work as external examiner and supervisor of intern psychologists and have also been active in the Stellenbosch and Paarl branches of Good Hope Psychological Service.