Reality, Rorschach and Perceptual Theory
The psychologist setting out to study the human personality faces a dilemma. The knowledge he seeks is about men, women, children, as we know them in their real lives-their thinking, emotions, anxieties, moods, their daydreams, purposes, gratifications-all that fusion of men tal experience which, at any particular moment, is a total human being. This is the psychologist’s objective. His disciplined habits of research follow the precept that Descartes formulated as the second of his four guidelines which, from the age of twenty-three on, he used in directing and criticizing his own thinking. It is, he writes, “to divide each of the difficulties that I shall be examining into as many parts as possible and as will be requisite the better to resolve them” (Descartes, 1943; p. 88).
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