The British Journal of Psychiatry
The Lesbian Personality


With the data gathered from this investigation. of a group of 24 lesbians and 24 heterosexual women, matched individually for age, intelligence and professional or educational background, an objective description of the lesbian personality as measured on the 16 PF test has been made, with no attempt to account for the differences noted between the two groups.

In light of the present findings, it is suggested that the traditionally applied `neurotic' label is not necessarily applicable. The following terms are suggested as appropriately descriptive of the lesbian personality in comparison to her heterosexual female counterpart:

1. More independent.

2. More resilient.

3. More reserved

4. More dominant.

5. More bohemian.

6. More self-sufficient.

7. More composed.