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Adapting and Devising Projective Methods for Special Purposes

  • A. I. Rabin

Abstract

Conventional projective techniques have been, from the start, primarily used as clinical and research instruments for the study of the “total personality.” One of the major characteristics which define projective methods, according to some authors, is their multi-dimensionality. Methods such as the Rorschach and TAT attempt a complete and global description of personality and its dynamics. The approach has been primarily idiographic—utilizing Gestalt principles—in which the interrelationships of a multiplicity of personality variables, traits, attitudes, characteristics, sentiments, and motives have been described and delineated with varying degrees of completeness. In clinical situations, diagnostic descriptions and formulations based on these constellations of characteristics have been the final result.

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