If the ratio m/p tends to zero, where m is the number of factors m and p the number of observable variables, then the inverse diagonal element of the inverted observable covariance matrix (σ pjj) -1 tends to the corresponding unique variance ψ jj for almost all of these (Guttman, 1956). If the smallest singular value of the loadings matrix from Common Factor Analysis tends to infinity as p increases, then m/p tends to zero. The same condition is necessary and sufficient for (σ pjj) -1 to tend to ψ jj for all of these. Several related conditions are discussed. © 2006 The Psychometric Society.