9780805842326

Principles of Rorschach Interpretation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805842326

  • ISBN10:

    0805842322

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-06-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau

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Summary

This second edition of Irving Weiner's classic comprehensive, clinician-friendly guide to utilizing the Rorschach for personality description has been revised to reflect both recent modifications in the Rorschach Comprehensive System and new evidence concerning the soundness and utility of Rorschach assessment. It integrates the basic ingredients of structural, thematic, behavioral, and sequence analysis strategies into systematic guidelines for describing personality functioning. It is divided into three parts. Part I concerns basic considerations in Rorschach testing and deals with conceptual and empirical foundations of the inkblot method and with critical issues in formulating and justifying Rorschach inferences. Part II is concerned with elements of interpretation that contribute to thorough utilization of data in a Rorschach protocol: the Comprehensive System search strategy; the complementary roles of projection and card pull in determining response characteristics; and the interpretive significance of structural variables, content themes, test behaviors, and the sequence in which various response characteristics occur. Each of the chapters presents and illustrates detailed guidelines for translating Rorschach findings into descriptions of structural and dynamic aspects of personality functioning. The discussion throughout emphasizes the implications of Rorschach data for personality assets and liabilities, with specific respect to adaptive and maladaptive features of the manner in which people attend to their experience, use ideation, modulate affect, manage stress, view themselves, and relate to others. Part III presents 10 case illustrations of how the interpretive principles delineated in Part II can be used to identify assets and liabilities in personality functioning and apply this information in clinical practice. These cases represent persons from diverse demographic backgrounds and demonstrate a broad range of personality styles and clinical issues. Discussion of these cases touches on numerous critical concerns in arriving at different diagnoses, formulating treatment plans, and elucidating structural and dynamic determinants of behavior.

Author Biography

Irving B. Weiner is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of South Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
I BASIC CONSIDERATIONS IN RORSCHACH TESTING
1 The Nature of the Rorschach
3(29)
Objective and Subjective Aspects of Rorschach Assessment
4(7)
Rorschach Measurement of Perception and Association
11(8)
Rorschach Assessment of Personality Structure and Personality Dynamics
19(2)
Rorschach Testing as an Assessment Method
21(2)
Psychometric Foundations of Rorschach Assessment
23(9)
2 Approaches to Rorschach Interpretation
32(27)
Justifying Interpretations: The Ouija Board, Authoritative, Empirical, and Conceptual Approaches
32(5)
Formulating Interpretations: Structural, Thematic, Behavioral, and Sequence Analysis Strategies
37(7)
Age, Gender, and Cross-Cultural Considerations in Interpretation
44(15)
II ELEMENTS OF RORSCHACH INTERPRETATION
3 The Comprehensive System Search Strategy
59(25)
Grouping Variables Into Clusters
61(11)
Employing a Sequential Search Strategy
72(12)
4 Projection and Card Pull in Rorschach Responses
84(26)
Monitoring the Impact of Projection
87(4)
Identifying the Influence of Card Pull
91(10)
Common Meanings of the 10 Inkblots
101(9)
5 Interpreting Structural Variables
110(73)
Attending to Experience
112(14)
Using Ideation
126(7)
Modulating Affect
133(13)
Managing Stress
146(13)
Viewing Oneself
159(11)
Relating to Others
170(13)
6 Interpreting Content Themes
183(30)
Identifying Responses Rich in Thematic Imagery
184(2)
Generating Associations and Formulating Interpretive Hypotheses
186(10)
Determining the Plausibility of Thematic Interpretations
196(7)
Assigning Meaning to Specific Content Themes
203(10)
7 Interpreting Test Behaviors
213(25)
Card Turning and Handling
214(9)
Comments and Personals
223(7)
Expressive and Interpersonal Style
230(8)
8 Conducting a Sequence Analysis
238(11)
Implementing a Sequence Analysis
239(1)
A Model for Sequential Interpretation
240(4)
Monitoring Response Quality
244(5)
III IDENTIFYING ADAPTIVE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES: CASE ILLUSTRATIONS
9 Introduction to Case Illustrations
249(5)
10 Attending to Experience
254(26)
Case 1: Guardedness in a Woman Being Evaluated for Administrative Purposes
255(11)
Case 2: Multiple Adjustment Problems in a Substance-Abusing Man With Difficulty Limiting His Focus of Attention
266(14)
11 Using Ideation
280(32)
Case 3: Emotional Breakdown in a Paranoid Schizophrenic Man
281(17)
Case 4: Obsessive-Compulsive Features in an Adolescent Girl With Anorexia Nervosa
298(14)
12 Modulating Affect
312(35)
Case 5: Unsuspected Depression in a Woman Leading Two Lives
313(18)
Case 6: Suicidal and Homicidal Tendencies in a Severely Depressed Woman With Probable Bipolar Disorder
331(16)
13 Managing Stress
347(33)
Case 7: A Teenage Gang Member Charged With Being an Accessory to Murder
349(13)
Case 8: Concentration Difficulty in an Academically Dysfunctional Dental Student
362(18)
14 Viewing Oneself and Relating to Others
380(33)
Case 9: Violence Potential in a Man Who Had to Have His Own Way
381(16)
Case 10: Intemperate Outbursts Jeopardizing the Career of a Successful But Self-Centered Businesswoman
397(16)
References 413(10)
Author Index 423(4)
Subject Index 427

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