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September 29, 1956

The Abnormal Personality: A Textbook

JAMA. 1956;162(5):526. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970220090025

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This is the extensively revised edition of a book written primarily for the nonprofessional reader, particularly university students who take courses in abnormal psychology. The author's qualifications for writing such a book are unknown, since his name is not accompanied by any letters indicating a degree or by any description of his training. The organization of the book and its contents closely resembles that of an elementary textbook in psychiatry. The phenomenological descriptive aspects of the several nosological entities are given less prominence than they usually are in psychiatric textbooks. A dynamic, genetic point of view is dominant throughout. The author is to be commended for taking the position that the classical psychoanalytic point of view is not an acceptable frame of reference. He prefers a socalled neo-Freudian position and "balancing my earlier reliance on Horney with ideas drawn from Fromm and Sullivan." Especially in this year, the centennial of

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