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February 1947

Manual of Diagnostic Psychological Testing. Volume II: Diagnostic Testing of Personality and Ideational Content.

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;57(2):275. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300250153016

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In volume II the authors pursue the systematic exploration of the diagnostic values of widely used psychologic tests. Under discussion are the Rorschach, the Thematic Apperception and the Word Association Test, elaborately analyzed from the point of view of their rationale as personality evaluators, their clinical application and their statistical validation as diagnostic indicators.

The clinical data were obtained from 217 psychiatric patients, schizophrenia, paranoid reactions, depressions and neuroses being represented. Organic and psychopathic personality entities were not included. As the control, a group of 54 "normal" subjects were selected from the Kansas highway patrol.

To be highly commended is the approach to the formulation of a consistent theory of personality revelation through projective technics, the general projective hypothesis being "that the person's behavior manifestations—including the least and most significant or deviant—are revealing of his personality." This discussion (covered largely in the introductory passages) should prove of interest to both

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