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Meerloo, J.A. (1963). An Anatomy for Conformity: By Edward L. Walker and Roger W. Heyns. Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1962. 103 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 32:596-597.

(1963). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 32:596-597

An Anatomy for Conformity: By Edward L. Walker and Roger W. Heyns. Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1962. 103 pp.

Review by:
Joost A.M. Meerloo

For those rooted in the clinical methods of approach this study project, financed by the Ford Foundation, is difficult to accept as a guide. Both authors see mature research as experimental and steeped in measurement and quantification. For them the historical method does not exist. This principal reduction of field implies that the clinician will not find an investigation of the various modes of behavior and awareness as manifested in the processes of identification and conformity. Worst of all, this great source of information is for the most part omitted. The result is an experimental investigation of the obvious: asking students various questions and arranging the answers neatly and statistically so that the result acquires a tinge of sophistication. No differentiation is made between apparent and pseudo conformity, taking into account the ambivalence of motivations.

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