Integrating the Rorschach and the Mmpi-2 in Personality Assessment

Integrating the Rorschach and the Mmpi-2 in Personality Assessment

Integrating the Rorschach and the Mmpi-2 in Personality Assessment

Integrating the Rorschach and the Mmpi-2 in Personality Assessment

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The impetus for writing this book came from my experience at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center where I have participated in a training program for psychology interns and externs as a clinical supervisor, teacher, and staff psychologist. Most graduate students enter this program having been exposed in classes and in their clinical training to both the Rorschach and the MMPI-2, the most widely used projective and objective instruments for personality assessment. Over the years I have observed that many trainees believe strongly in either the MMPI-2 or the Rorschach and therefore emphasize the findings from one test when conducting a personality assessment, showing relatively less interest in the other test. It is rarely the case that trainees have learned to integrate the results from the Rorschach and MMPI-2, nor have they learned to consider the clinical implications when test findings converge, diverge, or complement one another.

The tendency to rely primarily on either the MMPI-2 or the Rorschach and to assume that that instrument consistently provides the most meaningful data whereas the other consistently yields relatively little of value reflects a schism within the community of psychologists actively involved in clinical personality assessment. This division is evident in the large body of literature concerning the MMPI-2 and Rorschach that treats these different approaches to personality assessment independently, often without reference to the other approach, and provides little guidance on using these two powerful assessment techniques conjointly to develop meaningful inferences about an individual's psychological makeup, symptoms, and the reasons for their behavior. Although much has been written about each test . . .

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