Psychopathology, Assessment, and Psychotherapy

  • Max L. Hutt


The task of assessing the human personality is beset with many obstacles. As even the layman “knows,” personality is highly complex. The psychologist has learned, moreover, from research and from clinical experience, that the personality may be conceptualized in many different Ways, that it is a variable phenomenon in respect to both time and situation, and that the meaning of any component in the make-up of person ality is highly dependent on other components and their organization. Any method of assessing “the personality” or aspects of the personality has serious limitations as well as possible virtues. The projective app roach to assessment is, as we shall see, even more hazardous than many of the so-called objective methods of measurement; at the same time, the projective method has many advantages, chief among which, according to the present writer, is that it examines the personality “in process,” i.e., while it is functioning (Hutt, 1945).


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