Contemporary Rorschach Interpretation

Contemporary Rorschach Interpretation

Contemporary Rorschach Interpretation

Contemporary Rorschach Interpretation

Synopsis

Appreciation of the beauty and complexity of the human mind when perceiving an ambiguous stimulus led Dr. Hermann Rorschach to develop his scientific method eighty years ago. Full of gratitude for his brief life and work, the editors hope this volume will stand as an idiographic testament to his brilliance for the Rorschach students of the future. The contributors are clearly the most notable Rorschach clinicians in practice, and their work integrates the Comprehensive System and psychoanalytic methods.

This book is organized into four sections. Within each of the first three sections -- devoted to psychotic, borderline, and neurotic disorders respectively -- the editors and invited authors have contributed Rorschach case studies which vertically cut a character pathology, personality disorder, or clinical diagnosis through a particular level of personality organization. The last section charts the enormously varied course that Rorschach work can navigate -- from the understanding of a Nobel laureate, the pain of trauma and transexuality, and the Nazi perversion of youth, to the consensus Rorschach in couple's therapy and cutting edge work in neuropsychology.

Excerpt

The editors of this volume have assembled a book that runs long and deep in the best traditions of the Rorschach Inkblot Method. First among these traditions is the long-recognized fact that the Rorschach is a complex and multifaceted assessment instrument in which both perceptual features of how subjects structure their responses and associational features of the thematic imagery they produce contribute valuable information about personality functioning. Adequate Rorschach interpretation can proceed only in the context of both empirical data to validate conclusions based on the perceptual features of the instrument, and theoretical formulations to guide hypotheses derived from its associational features.

With this in mind, Drs. Meloy, Acklin, Gacono, Murray, and Peterson have designed Contemporary Rorschach Interpretation to stand tall on two sturdy legs. One of these legs is the rich tradition of empirical approaches to the Rorschach, beginning with Hermann Rorschach and culminating in Exner's Comprehensive System. the other leg is the equally rich tradition of psychoanalytic approaches to the Rorschach, as pioneered by Klopfer, Rapaport, Schafer, and Schachtel and carried on in the contemporary work of such object relations theorists as Blatt and Lerner. the editors' introduction to this volume and each of the chapters that follow exemplify a firm and commendable commitment to thoughtful integration of these empirical and theoretical perspectives in Rorschach interpretation.

In their previous journal publications and in the present book, the editors have resurrected the Rorschach tradition of formal case presentation. Presentday commentaries on Rorschach's original Psychodiagnostics seldom note that he included 28 case illustrations in this monograph, each with a fully scored protocol and a set of interpretive comments. the scoring and comments in these cases are sketchy by today's standards, but they represent as much as Rorschach was able to say about his instrument in 1921 and established the important place of detailed case studies in the Rorschach literature. Most of the classic texts subsequently published on the Rorschach included numerous case examples accompanied by complete protocols and detailed interpretations.

However, as the editors note in their introduction, there has been little attention in the journal literature to case studies in which experienced . . .

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