In this era, when personality is not perceived as a linear development, Arnold Holtzman's
book is a real discovery. The mutual influence of every detail, every imprint, every line and
every proportion in the hand, is a rare help for clinicians. Therapists can learn from this clear
and documented textbook. Our appreciation for this serious and fascinating work.
This is among the most exciting of the books published to date which relates to the link
between body and mind.
Arnold Holtzman has devoted his life the the in-depth study of chirology in general and its
application in the field of mental health in particular. In this regard he has turned a subject
hitherto of general and popular interest into a scientific discipline of enormous clinical value.
In The Illustrated Textbook of Psychodiagnostic Chirology in Analysis and Therapy
we find the instruments to measure an individual's mental circumstances virtually from the start
of life through to old age. As a diagnostic discipline it not only compliments existing diagnostic
tools it quite surpasses them.
The author begins by presenting the fundamentals of psychodiagnostic chirology. He
continues from here to introduce about sixty constructions in personality and patterns of
behavior most of which are unknown and not referred to at all in professional literature.
The work ends with suggestions relevant to clinical intervention.
The book is reader-friendly. It is easy to read and comprehend. It is richly illustrated with
true life photographs of suburb quality. Without doubt, every psychologist, psychiatrist, and
student of the behavioral sciences can benefit greatly by what this book offers. indeed, this
interesting and wise book constitutes a new level of understanding of the relationship between
body and mind.
Reading The Illustrated Textbook of Psychodiagnostic Chirology in Analysis and Therapy
raises a whole new understanding of the nature and dynamics of human personality. It redefines
and makes measurable psychological constructs such as consciousness-subconsciousness, ego-id,
sex and death instincts, self and false-self, will, role-identity and many more.
Dr. Holtzman leads us to understand how early traumatic experiences, which have been lost to
conscious awareness may nevertheless become manifest in what he describes in his creative way
as "Hidden Syndromes." Among them I found special interest, and genuineness, in his description
of the Deficit-Father Syndrome, the Hollow-i Syndrome, the Focus-On-Me Mother Syndrome, the
Pseudo-Persona, Autistic Pockets, the Primary Rejection Syndrome and the Inverse-Guilt Syndrome.
The thorough understanding of human nature as demonstrated by Dr. Holtzman lends itself to an oper-
ational measurable presentation of personality dimensions and meaningful psychological events which can
be observed and evaluated in the human palm.Without doubt this should be a tool in the arsenal of every
Dr. Holtzman's book is the fruit of his life's work - to build a comprehensive and valid system of person-
ality diagnosis that is highly relevant to therapists and counselors. Holtzman's system responsibly draws
upon the works of renown therapeutic thinkers, and applies their models to new clinical directions. It reflects
the curiosity and experience of the original thinker who has preferred trailblazing over convention.
Serious psychotherapeutic practitioners can find here a rich and reliable system to enhance their diagnostic
skills - one that takes into account the impact of a person's earliest relationships and experiences.
Holtzman's creative and innovative thinking brings the reader to a significantly deeper
understanding of human behavior. The rich material he offers lays the groundwork for a
scientific basis for the medium of the hand as a reliable and focused diagnostic instrument
in the field of psychotherapy.
If ever there was a book on psychological diagnosis that could shake the foundations of
most everything taught at the universities, this has to be it.
To: G-C Press/Holtzman,
In psychology there are so few works today that really
deserve to be called
"groundbreaking." But this is one of them. The Illustrated Textbook of Psycho-
diagnostic Chirology in Analysis and Therapy is certain to become a collectors
gem. With this e-mail I'm ordering a second copy. The first I'm using just about
every day in my work as a career counselor and group therapist. This second
copy I'll put in mothballs for my grandchildren.
Alice Yonge Lee
July 8, 2004
Your book reached me yesterday morning and what a book it is! As a professional
handreader for the last 12 years I can honestly say that your book changes every-
thing (certainly for me - as a handreader, and even as a mother). I think that this is
the book that at long last gives those of us who are serious about our work the legit-
imacy and respectability we were missing all these years. Everything about your book
is just amazing.
July 14, 2004
Your book is very interesting and very professional. Revolutionary, in fact! I enjoyed every chapter.
In every respect the mental health professionals have no better diagnostic tool than this.
Alberto Benavides, Industrial Engineer,
Sept. 2, 2004