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Appelbaum, S.A. (1960). Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology. LVIII, 1959: Evaluation of Therapy by Self-Report: A Paradox. Jane Loevinger and Abel Ossorio. Pp. 392-394.. Psychoanal Q., 29:442-442.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology. LVIII, 1959: Evaluation of Therapy by Self-Report: A Paradox. Jane Loevinger and Abel Ossorio. Pp. 392-394.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:442-442

Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology. LVIII, 1959: Evaluation of Therapy by Self-Report: A Paradox. Jane Loevinger and Abel Ossorio. Pp. 392-394.

Stephen A. Appelbaum

The ability to conceptualize oneself psychologically is the chief variable by which to measure maturity; and to conceive of one's impulses is to achieve some measure of control over them. Measurements by self-report of the success of therapy or of 'adjustment' are thus liable to error. They may accept as normal or mature a conventional or idealized self-portrait which issues from a nonpsychological attitude founded on repression, denial, or avoidance. A more psychologically-minded person may report a less ideal image even though, through the ability to conceptualize his inner life and the capacity for detachment and self-criticism, he may be more 'normal' than the more numerous nonpsychologically-minded people.

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Appelbaum, S.A. (1960). Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology. LVIII, 1959. Psychoanal. Q., 29:442-442

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