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December 1929

Die psychopathischen Persönlichkeiten.

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;22(6):1318-1319. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02220060215023

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In the second edition of this book the subject matter has been largely rewritten in the light of recent studies of character and bodily constitution. The aim is the formulation of a system of classification of psychopathic personalities which is not merely symptomatic or founded on social behavior. The author specifically excludes from consideration abnormalities in intelligence, though recognizing the intimate relation between this and the personality. He adopts the concept of quantitative normality of Kant and regards as abnormal, deviations from an undefined average—deviations in the direction of more or less. The varieties of abnormal personality are therefore endless, and he deals only with those deviations that result in harm to the individual himself or to society. This conception necessarily includes not only the abnormalities that result in unsocial or antisocial behavior but also many of the conditions described as psychoneuroses.

The first part of the book contains an