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July 1946

What People Are.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;56(1):130. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300180142016

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To describe, rather than to define, a normal young man, two psychiatrists, an internist, a physiologist, a physical anthropologist, a psychologist and a personnel worker, under the auspices of the Grant Foundation, have been accumulating data for the past six years. The initial report of their study is presented by one of them, Clark W. Heath, in this small, lucid volume.

The Grant Study is an institution which was established in 1938 at Harvard University for the study of normal persons; its aims are to find, relate and explain the characteristics of healthy young men and to seek methods and gain wisdom which will direct people to suitable training and careers and help them live happier, more successful lives.

An arbitrary concept of normal as "balanced" is first stated, then automatically defined by the method of selection of the young men. For this work, college sophomores were selected as the

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