Wolman’s Sociodiagnostic Interview

  • Benjamin B. Wolman
  • Andrea Alper
  • Steve DeBerry


Wolman’s sociodiagnostic interviewing technique is an outgrowth of experimental studies in social psychology and group dynamics and clinical studies in psychopathology. The first sociopsychological studies, inspired by J. L. Moreno’s (1953) sociometric theory and technique, were conducted in Israel in 1948 at the time of the War of Independence. Wolman (1953) reported that the group morale in Israel is only partly related to Moreno’s acceptance-rejection categories, and it is far more dependent on devotion to an ideal. This desire to give oneself to a beloved person, idea, or country was christened by Wolman with the name “vectorialism,” indicative of going out from oneself toward others. In the same paper, Wolman suggested three types of social interaction based on participants’ motivation. When an individual’s aim is to have his needs satisfied, to get, his attitude is called instrumental; when his intention is to give whatever he can, expecting the same from others, his attitude is mutual; when he is ready to give without expecting anything in return, the attitude is vectorial. Detailed theoretical, clinical, and experimental studies are described as follows.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin B. Wolman
    • 1
  • Andrea Alper
    • 2
  • Steve DeBerry
    • 2
  1. 1.New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Doctoral Program in Clinical PsychologyLong Island UniversityBrooklynUSA

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