Contemporary Rorschach Interpretation

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world. Thus, they provide some semblance of protection for each other; he helps her cope and she helps him to feel safer, with significantly less tension and possibly less destructive emotionality. However, neither Mr. or Mrs. Wilson seem to provide a loving, nourishing atmosphere for each other.

A therapist might want to facilitate both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson's dynamic understanding of their unempathic responses to each other, helping them to see how previous life issues have caused them to force extreme reactions in each other, especially concerning Mr. Wilson's punitive responses to Mrs. Wilson's children. The therapist might also highlight the positive aspects of the interaction as a couple, perhaps even utilizing their interaction on the Rorschach to illustrate both productive and unproductive interactions. I have found that such illustrations are experienced as productive, concrete examples for such couples, who often cannot fathom the intense relational nature of their unhappiness. Finally, the redundancy of findings for many elements in the Structural Summary, for the various cards in the content analysis, and also for both methods of interpretation compared with each other, help to reinforce the validity of interpretations made here. Nevertheless, it is important to compare these findings with additional test and interview data. A number of questions were raised in the analysis and a number of alternative hypotheses were considered. Typically, the examiner utilizes additional assessment and interview data to answer such questions and to choose appropriate alternatives.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I thank Edward Aronow, John Exner, Barbara Handler, Mark Hilsenroth, and Paul Lerner, as well as Justin Padawer, Jay Moses, and Reva Herron for their very valuable assistance in the preparation of this chapter.


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