Any book or article that Butcher is involved with is well-done and statistically accurate. However, in the "world of MMPI" there are other "camps" meaning other valid standpoints of the validity and meaning of MMPI Validity scales, Clinical Scales, Subscales (Harris-Lingoes, etc.), and Content Scales. This, of course, relates to the very important distinction between collectivity and individuality when it comes to human behavior. Countless studies have shown that complex human behavior cannot with certainty be predicted, but general trends (such as the clinical course in Schizophrenia, M-D illness, other DSM-IV dx, et.c) and such things at personality types) can provide useful information in the present and alert one what might occur in the future.
The MMPI is a tool created and based on a materialistic viewpoint of psychopathology, a compartmentalization of the complexity of the psyche, into small "boxes" that by the very nature of their creation, exclude and include by strict criteria that can be tested statistically. However, the clinician must always keep in mind that life is not a statistic, it is, as yet, an undefinible thing. And so human behavior is both collective and individual at once and to varying degrees. When a particular "box" works, we, as scientists, construct models about which the "facts" fit for a season. Then, and I would dare say invariably, a new and better (meaning it fits or "explains" or "compartmentalizes" the the facts and trends that we see in life) model arises which replaces the older one. This is the way of science, which, if it is practiced with openness and flexibility, and an understanding that it is of a changeable nature, as technology and knowledge advance, that is not contradictory to the behavior sciences.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper knowledge of the "Minnesota" group of MMPI experts, for the other leading experts, read the works of the "Ohio" group (Graham, Ben-Porath, etc.)
Robert I. Winer, M.D.
Neurologist, Psychopharmacologist, Psychoanalyst (Jungian)