Twentieth Century Psychology: Recent Developments in Psychology

By Philip Lawrence Harriman | Go to book overview

THE RORSCHACH METHOD AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN THE MENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM

MARGUERITE R. HERTZ The Brush Foundation, Western Reserve University

Although we are prone to say that ours is the Age of Science, it is probably more accurate to say that we live in the Age of Technology. The outstanding characteristic of our intellectual climate is the mobilization of talent whereby the twentieth century has summoned its scientists from the ivory towers of pure research and put them to work forging tools and instruments.

What medicine has done in biology, and industry and business (and I may add warfare) in the physical sciences, the Mental Hygiene movement may well do in psychology.

The movement is fashioned after the Messiah of our age, Scientific Method. It derives its program from man's knowledge about man, and it seeks to apply that knowledge to problems of man in the hope of achieving and preserving the mens sana.

It is fitting, therefore, for the movement to say to the psychologist today:

For your theories and your philosophies we are grateful. For your preachments and your values, we are in your debt. But what of your technology? What means have you designed for the accomplishments of your purposes? What tools have you

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