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December 30, 1950

Personality: A Systematic Theoretical and Factual Study

JAMA. 1950;144(18):1600. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920180064044

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This volume presents a discussion of recent theoretical and factual material concerning description and measurement of personality. Interaction of heredity and environment are described, and an attempt is made through synthesis of knowledge of clinical and experimental psychology to explain the dynamic processes of adjustment and learning. Special emphasis is placed on tying in sociologic and anthropological data for presentation of the study of personality on a more objective basis. Of particular interest are the last three chapters, in which the author considers the impact of all psychic factors in the process of development that contribute to life stages; of personality from conception through adolescence, maturity and old age. The volume is primarily designed for teaching purposes, and the author offers suggestions for scholastic use of the book on several graded levels.

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