Projective Techniques in Personality Assessment: A Modern Introduction

Projective Techniques in Personality Assessment: A Modern Introduction

Projective Techniques in Personality Assessment: A Modern Introduction

Projective Techniques in Personality Assessment: A Modern Introduction

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This volume was planned to meet the need for a new and comprehensive introductory text on projective techniques, a need that has been apparent for quite some time. Several such texts had been published shortly after World War II, but none has appeared since that time.

In the past two decades, projective techniques have been modified, revised, and refined, and these changes have been reported in numerous articles, manuals, symposia, and monographs; several anthologies of articles which had been previously published have also appeared. The recent concern has been with such aspects of projective techniques as their validity, the processes underlying the response to projective stimuli, and the theory of projection itself. The contributions that make up this book present a panoramic view of projective techniques and a critical evaluation of developments in this field.

The volume was planned so that each author would have a free hand in treating his or her assigned topic. Consequently, some chapters are written largely from a clinical viewpoint, championing the idiographic approach; others are more psychometric in orientation and nomothetic in nature. This diversity, we believe, is all to the good. The student in the areas of clinical psychology, personality, and personality assessment, as well as the practicing clinician and researcher in the field of personality, will find the book useful as a systematic coordination and juxtaposition of theories and applications.

The framework of the book also made it possible to strike a balance between general issues and specific techniques. Parts I and VII deal with the broader aspects of projective methods, history, theoretical interpretations, and clinical and research applications. Parts II through VI are devoted to methods that have stood the test of time or more recent ones that appear particularly useful and promising. The techniques are, for the most part, described in considerable detail and are critically evaluated; relevant research literature is summarized, too, in these Parts.

All of the chapters were especially written for this book. By making original contributions, the authors have made the book a timely and . . .

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