October 1959

The Szondi Test.

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By L. Szondi, U. Moser, and M. W. Webb. Price, $12. Pp. 309. J. B. Lippincott Company, 227-231 S. Sixth St., Philadelphia 5, 1959.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(4):450. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590040120013

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This book, while filling a gap in American literature on this infrequently used technique, is difficult to assess. The authors seem to believe what they are saying, yet offer little evidence, empirical or otherwise, to support their claims. Some of their statements seem to evolve from the mystics of occult more than from sound scientific inferences. Before turning to some specifics, a word about the Szondi Test.

The Szondi Test is a projective technique based on a person’s reaction to a series of 48 photographs of psychotic patients. The photographs were chosen in accordance with the principle of genic relationship; that is, the person assumedly selects a photograph which portrays a psychiatric disorder also inherent in the subject’s own familial geneology. “For example, a manifest or latent epileptic will be attracted either positively or negatively, depending on his particular epileptoid phase at the moment, to photographs of epileptics represented

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