December 13, 1941

Your Personality—Introvert or Extravert?

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By Virginia Case. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 277. New York: Macmillan Company, 1941.

JAMA. 1941;117(24):2108. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500090037

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This book represents another of the seemingly endless stream of theoretical psychologic studies that are being written and published for popular consumption. Many unsuccessful or useless attempts have been made to classify people according to type, both physical and psychologic. Although it is true that the descriptive nomenclature now employed to depict certain attitudes in human personality is extremely inadequate, further attempts to describe and clarify these unfortunate classifications only leads to more confusion. The only classifications that can possibly be of any value must be based on a dynamic analysis of the total personality of the individual and not on a descriptive classification of groups. The general public is susceptible to this sort of schematic presentation, and countless pseudoscientific publications reach the shelves of our book stores and are accepted as valuable contributions to a common understanding of human personality. In addition to the general theme of classification of

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