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September 1939

Personality in Formation and Action.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;42(3):593. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270210231017

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This book can be easily comprehended by the intelligent layman, but it is by no means "popular." The author surveys the multiple factors affecting developing of personality and stresses the necessity of the intensive case study method for a valid analysis of these factors. He seems remarkably unbiased in dealing with theories of personality. One has the feeling that his long years of clinical experience have led him to avoid overemphasizing any particular aspects of the intraorganismal and interpersonal adjustments concerned in building and maintaining the person. A rather unusual accomplishment of this study is its maintenance of an ethical point of view without sacrifice of objectivity. The author stresses the importance, in dealing with the developing person, of arousing insight into not only the meaning of his reactions to the person himself but also their meaning for society. Realizing fully the difficulties involved, Dr. Healy still has faith in

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