The Relationship of Personality to Tolerance of an Irritant Compound.
Technical rept. Sep-Dec 70,
EDGEWOOD ARSENAL MD
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The 18 volunteers exposed to orthochlorobenzylidene malononitrile CS, a potent skin and mucous membrane irritant, were divided into two groups, based on the length of time they tolerated the exposure. The personalities of the two groups of subjects were compared as measured by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory MMPI scores and the General Intelligence Test GT scores from the Army Classification Battery. The less tolerant group had significantly higher scores on the lie L, positive test-taking attitude K, hysteria Hy, repression R, and functional low-back pain Lb scales of the MMPI and lower scores on the GT than the more tolerant group. Interpretation of high scores on these MMPI scales suggested that less tolerant subjects could be characterized by greater use of denial, repression, and somatic complaints than more tolerant subjects. Author
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