Simulation of normal and psychopathic MMPI personality patterns

Richard I. Lanyon

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Previous work with the simulation of normalcy on personality tests has suggested that good adjustment involves an adequate understanding of socially approved behavior. 27 well-adjusted and 42 maladjusted college males took the MMPI under instructions to simulate very good adjustment, and again under instructions to simulate psychopathic personality. Both groups simulated very good adjustment satisfactorily; however, well-adjusted Ss were superior to maladjusted Ss in the simulation of psychopathic personality. The findings were consistent with the literature on role-taking and empathy, supporting the view that good adjustment involves an ability to understand and predict socially adequate and inadequate behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Consulting Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1967


  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
  • adjustment
  • personality patterns
  • psychopathic personality
  • simulation
  • socially approved behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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