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April 1946

Personality Factors in Counseling.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;55(4):438. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300150142013

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Abstract

This book is the work of a Catholic clergyman who has had psychologic training. Bishop Ready, of Columbus, Ohio, has written a brief preface, and Prof. Carl R. Rogers, of the University of Chicago, gives an interesting introduction to the subject of counseling. Dr. Curran has attempted to "analyze the inter-related functions and attitudes revealed in the personality during the process of adjustment." He states that definite therapeutic gains can be achieved with the technic of "non-directive" counseling, in which the counselor acts as a passive agent and makes no attempt to direct the client toward goals. The greater part of this book is devoted to an elaborate and detailed statistical analysis of the case report of a single patient. Twenty interviews were phonographically recorded, and typescripts thus obtained were independently analyzed by several psychologists, with surprisingly consistent results. The relationship between client and counselor was carefully controlled in an

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