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(1939). Allport, Gordon W. Personality. A Psychological Interpretation. New York: Henry Holt & Co. $3.50.. Psychoanal. Rev., 26(3):452-454.

(1939). Psychoanalytic Review, 26(3):452-454

Allport, Gordon W. Personality. A Psychological Interpretation. New York: Henry Holt & Co. $3.50.

The author is Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and strangely enough would conceive, as ‘new,’ a psychology of personality, to which the present work of 588 octavo pages is devoted. Again strange, he would make an “ally of common sense” and after telling us on page one of his preface he would eschew “clipping and compressing personality until it fits one closed system of thought,” turns over the page and states he has tried to assimilate this work “within a single and coherent theoretical frame.” This appeal to popular prejudices, and this Tweedle-Dee-Tweedle-Dum-ness does not start the reviewer off in a comfortable frame of mind. He is proud of his eclecticism and starts the suspicion, in us, that here again we have a doctrinnaire hiding behind that hoary trap “common sense.”

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