I make no apologies for adopting the word personalysis instead of using the cumbersome phrase, “personality analysis.” The coining of a word in psychology is no less permissible than in botany or chemistry; and surely it is not the term so much as the concept which counts. If the word Amerindian has been adopted as a suitable designation for the American Indian, how much more appropriate is the word personalysis?
A STUDY IN METHOD
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Journal of Personality
Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 144–156, December 1934
How to Cite
ROBACK, A. A. (1934), PERSONALYSIS:. Journal of Personality, 3: 144–156. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1934.tb01992.x
The coining of the term personalysis is not a gesture in the direction of the abbreviated political institutions like N. R. A., F. E. R. A., or proletcult, comsomol, etc. These abridgements are conveniences or luxuries; personalysis is a necessity, and certainly as eligible to lexicographic naturalization as the term psychoanalysis. Technically, I propose the term to be linked with a chart in which a given individual's personality traits are delineated in condensed fashion, yet more fully than in a psychograph, which does not list the defects under the various rubrics. Generally speaking, personalysis would denote any discussion with regard to the analysis of personality, not coincident with the whole subject of personality, but with one aspect of it.
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