TYPES OF SYNTONIC PERSONALITY
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So much for the dry bones of personality traits ; at their best they only provide a convenient, if clumsy, method of comparing individuals and discovering what is typical and what incidental in a personality ; they can never replace full descriptions of real people. For a person is in no sense the sum of his traits. It is the combination of traits in a given individual which is often so characteristic, for instance great ambition combined with inactivity in the schizoid or a sharp tongue together with anxious solicitude for others5 safety in the anxious depressive. There are many combinations of traits which seem strikingly common and in this chapter it is proposed to describe certain individuals who show syndromes which the previous examination of the incidence of traits suggests are typical of those people who are liable to fall ill of an affective psychosis.