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November 1966

Personality: An Objective Approach.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(5):555-556. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730170107019

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Fifty types of definitions of the term personality were identified by Gordon Allport in 1937. Twelve kinds of theories were used to organize the book written by Hall and Lindzey in 1957. Eight distinct methodological approaches to the study of presonality were made chapter headings in Guilford's book in 1959. To present such a multiform topic to undergraduate students in a way that will reasonably reflect its diversity while giving sufficient details to arouse the students' interest and provide flesh for the skeleton of organization is a heroic task. This is the task at which Sarason has aimed. In considerable measure he has carried it off.

Sarason takes as his primary objective, "to convey to students . . . the fact that the study of personality could be approached from an empirical point of view, that it could best be understood as part of a scientific analysis of behavior." While he himself tends

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