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Interpersonal Diagnosis of Personality
NY, Ronald Press, (1957). A review copy of Leary's first regularly published book, written while he was Director of Psychology Research at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Oakland, California. The book was voted the best book on psychotherapy in 1957 by the American Psychological Association. Among other things, Leary's book argued that "individual character functions as an inextricable part of a larger social network," an insight that was later crucial in his experiments with the use of psychedelic drugs in psychological treatment, and also with his non-academic experiments with such drugs. The accolades Leary received after publication led directly to his being offered a teaching position at Harvard, where he taught from 1959-1963, before leaving to pursue an iconoclastic path as an avatar of the counterculture in the 1960s, and as a prominent advocate of the use of psychedelic drugs for insight. This copy belonged to psychologist Will Schutz and bears his owner name, as well as several dozen marginal comments in the text, presumably also by Schutz. Bears two stamps and the spine label of the Esalen Institute, where Schutz practiced from 1967-1973. Review slip and stamp front pastedown. Front hinge cracking; cloth, foredge, and top edge stained. A good copy only, but an excellent association and provenance. [#034640] $1,250

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