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Murphy, W.F. (1948). The Analysis and Control of Human Experiences (The Individual Seen Through Through the Rorschach): By Paul Maslow. Brooklyn, New York: Published by the Author. Vol. I, 1946, 195 pp.; Vol. II, 1947, 229 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 17:410-413.

(1948). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 17:410-413

The Analysis and Control of Human Experiences (The Individual Seen Through Through the Rorschach): By Paul Maslow. Brooklyn, New York: Published by the Author. Vol. I, 1946, 195 pp.; Vol. II, 1947, 229 pp.

Review by:
William F. Murphy

In 1945, this author published a book entitled Rorschach Psychology, reviewed in this QUARTERLY, Vol. XV, 1946, No. 3. It was printed in mimeograph form by the Brooklyn College Press and contained essentially Mr. Maslow's private philosophy translated into his own Rorschach terminology. The present two volumes, privately printed, are an amplification of this previous book. Their general scope can be demonstrated by such chapter headings as: The Unity and Pluarity of Purpose, The Mind in the Mass, Morale, The Analysis of Living, The Effect of Private Profit, The Estimation of National Strength as a Factor Leading to Fascism, Life and Death, etc. All this is rather puzzling to anyone who has the quaint idea that the Rorschach is only one of a battery of psychological tests.

These two volumes make difficult reading. Over one third of the material is given to quotations or paraphrased quotations. Quotation marks are frequently absent, and it is difficult at times to tell whether or not the ideas expressed are the author's. Instead of using the commonly accepted Rorschach terminology, Mr. Maslow has invented one of his own about which he says, 'It is true that the type of scoring outlined in this book is much more complicated than Rorschach's original, but we think that the greater insight in differentiating obtained is well worth the extra trouble'. What this greater insight in differentiating really means, however, is clearly revealed in another statement tucked away in the second volume.

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