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Get to Know Yourself

Nature volume 155, page 95 (27 January 1945) | Download Citation



APART from the suggestion in the title that more self-knowledge is desirable and a few sensible remarks here and there, this book has little to commend it. The author sets out a series of so-called self-rating 'tests' of nineteen 'dispositions'. Numerical weights, determined presumably by the author's inner consciousness, are attached to each test item. Norms suggested have an equally subjective quality. The term 'test' is certainly a misnomer for a set of overlapping and equivocal questions unstandardized or scaled in any way. The alleged 'dispositions' are nothing more than a mixed series of popular catch-phrases. No substantiation is given of the claims on behalf of the tests in the prefatory note.

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