The development of an abstract design test to measure the capacity for intimacy. What is nuts about this Yale Medical School PHD thesis description is that I understand every word of it and understand why the PHD candidate Dorothy Otnow Lewis.( Probably just Dorothy Otnow at the time) was so excited about the criminal law implications of creating such an intimacy test.
Otnow believed that inability to build and nurture intimate relationships was directly related to sociopathic behavior and unhealthy isolation from family and friends. She also mentioned the Freudian connection between aggression and sex intimating that lack of intimacy and sex could lead to violence and even murderous action.
Also capacity for intimacy and capacity for hate and loneliness are inversely related as evidenced by her interviews(shall we call them intimate?) with infamous serial killers like Ted Bundy.
So only the most obtuse observer would not acknowledge the value of a quantitative way to measure one’s ability to create and sustain intimate and sharing relationships. A male who scored low on such a test could become a serial killer or rapist if one agrees there is a strong positive correlation between inability to be intimate and hate. I would like to know if Dorothy’s intimacy test was ever used in law enforcement or any other setting as a predictive tool for violence against women for example.