Projective Psychology: Clinical Approaches to the Total Personality

Projective Psychology: Clinical Approaches to the Total Personality

Projective Psychology: Clinical Approaches to the Total Personality

Projective Psychology: Clinical Approaches to the Total Personality

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This Projective Psychology is a welcome contribution to both the theory and the practice of projective methods. As the title indicates, this volume is concerned with projective psychology, which is emerging as a body of concepts and methods clearly to be distinguished from most of the other divisions or schools of psychology. As stated by Dr. Abt in the paper on "A Theory of Projective Psychology,"

we may look upon perception as an active and purposeful process which involves the whole organism in relation to its field. By its nature perceptual activity has roots that extend deeply into the whole matrix of the individual's past experiences, and the perceptual activities of the individual reach out to fashion his orientation to the future.

This statement unequivocally asserts the dynamic, constitutive character of all perception, which, as Dr. Bellak says, is "apperception--defined as meaningful perception."

It is important to recognize here what seems to be essential for both the study and the diagnosis of the individual, identified personality--namely, that there is an active process going on of transforming the world of situations and people into the forms, meanings, and values which the individual has learned selectively to perceive, by imposing upon them or investing them with the meanings they have for him.

In my opinion this does not imply any subjectivism or dualism or any other of the traditional assumptions. Rather, it is a recognition of how each organism comes to terms with life, and how the . . .

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