Projective Tests

I. Nature of Projective Techniques:

II. Underlying Assumptions of Projective Techniques:

A. The Projective Hypothesis: the way in which the individual perceives and interprets the test material (i.e., structures) will reflect fundamental aspects of his psychological functioning.

B. Global Approach to personality: a composite picture of the whole personality, rather than measuring specific traits or characteristics.

C. Reveal covert, latent, or unconscious aspects of personality-- The more unstructured the test, less likely it is to evoke defensive reactions.

D. Psychodynamic or psychoanalytic influence

III. Inkblot Techniques: The Rorschach Inkblot Test


The Rorschach Inkblot Test


Rorschach: History & Development

Exner's Comprehensive System

Rorschach Administration

Rorschach Interpretation & Scoring

Rorschach: Assets

Rorschach: Limits

IV. Pictorial Techniques: Thematic Apperception Test

TAT: Assumptions

Murray's Theory of Personality

Assets & Limitations of TAT

V. Verbal Techniques: Rotter Incomplete Sentence Blank

TAT Assets and Limitations

VII. Projective Drawings: House-Tree-Person (HTP)

History and Development of Projective Drawings

Assets and Limitations of H-T-P

Evaluation of Projective Techniques

Projective Techniques