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Rorschachiana - Vol 37, Iss 2

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Rorschachiana Rorschachiana is the scientific publication of the International Society for the Rorschach. Its aim is to publish scientific work in the field for (and by) an international audience. The journal is interested in advancing theory and clinical applications of the Rorschach and other projective techniques, and research work that can enhance and promote projective methods. Published previously as a Yearbook, Rorschachiana is now, starting with volume 29 in 2008, appearing as a journal with 2 online issues per year and an annual print compendium.
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  • Promoting diversity.
    Introduces the articles that appear in this issue of Rorschachiana. Increasingly, our field experiences tensions between the need of strong empirical evidence and clinical experience and intuition. The pitfalls of this tension have been that unless you can work within an empiricist framework, it will be difficult to voice alternative views in the scientific community. It becomes therefore more challenging to publish work that does not fit the dominant discourse. Rorschachiana takes pride of being a journal that promotes diversity, does not shy away from welcoming differences in methodology, and invites authors to publish empirical studies as well as theoretical articles and case studies. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Issues about color, human movement, and number of responses in the Zulliger test.
    This study aimed to verify the scope and limitations of the stimuli of indicators of Color (C), Human movement (M), and Response number (R) of the Zulliger test through a qualitative analysis of the stimuli present in the Zulliger and the Rorschach, comparisons in expressions of C, M, and R, and R relations with evaluative inconsistencies on Zulliger. Taking the Rorschach as a reference, the qualitative analysis indicated a variation from little equivalence up to an overrepresentativeness of Zulliger stimuli. The comparisons, made with a sample of 51 subjects tested with the Zulliger and Rorschach tests and divided into concordant and discordant groups according to the evaluation of instruments, revealed a significant decrease of C and M for the Zulliger. We also identified a tendency toward a decrease of R on Zulliger for the discordant group. The results reveal distinctions between the instruments, limitations of the Zulliger, and instigate investigations for the R-Optimized Administration. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Dimensions of the Rorschach Comprehensive System: Parallel analysis and principal component analysis of a European adult nonpatient sample.
    The objective of this study is to propose a preliminary comprehensive dimensional model of the Rorschach Comprehensive System (RCS). Three European adult nonpatient samples of the RCS were combined (Belgium, France, and Finland, N = 695). Principal component analysis was performed on primary scoring categories. Distribution issues were addressed by rank order transformation and the problem of R by partial correlations. The number of Components was determined through Parallel Analysis and resampling techniques (bootstrap and permutation). Twelve Components eigenvalues differed significantly from chance level (p <0.0001). The obtained model provides a simplified representation of RCS data which accounts for 43% of the variance. This model brings new insights: Some variables traditionally considered as related belong to independent dimensions, and some others considered as independent appear related. These preliminary results set the stage for a new psychometrical approach of the RCS. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • How to be conTENT with Rorschach CONtent.
    Content analysis is a late and contentious addition to the Rorschach canon. The determinants have ruled. Hermann Rorschach was at best, ambivalent about content analysis, focusing on the perceptual aspects of the process. Rorschachers have been not been conTENT about CONtent. The literature on the pros and cons and the how-to of content analysis is reviewed chronologically, concluding with eight issues and objections that have left Rorschach practitioners malcontent with content. Hoping to help practitioners improve the analysis of Rorschach content, ten suggestions, often with examples, are offered, these “hints” affecting both conceptualization and practice. A case fragment is appended to the review to host the above suggestions and to illustrate the (likely) less frequent “active evocation” of content to further the analysis. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • From the “imperfect illness” to the possibility of developing good internal objects: Psychoanalytic psychotherapy of patients with borderline personality disorder with follow-up by the Rorschach.
    This paper is about a psychoanalytic psychotherapy follow-up by the Rorschach Comprehensive System of Doralice, a 30-year-old, unemployed, single woman, with diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, recurrent, severe, with psychotic features (Axis-I); and Borderline Personality Disorder (Axis-II) in DSM IV. The Rorschach Comprehensive System was administered upon admission and also in five annual follow-ups. In this paper, the authors show the characteristics and the development of the dual therapeutic attachment that will be illustrated by the responses to the Rorschach cards II, III and VII, focusing mainly on the MOA scale on the four assessments. The authors will discuss the development of good internal objects over the years during the psychotherapeutic process with a turning point in the third year of treatment that is manifested in the Rorschach. The State of São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP, sponsored this study. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Not so abnormal psychology.
    Reviews the book, Not So Abnormal Psychology. A Pragmatic View of Mental Illness by Ronald B. Miller (see record 2015-00670-000). This book has a twofold aim. First, it provides undergraduate students with a theoretically grounded and historically based introduction to abnormal psychology. To that end the book contains chapters treating historical/political/ philosophical aspects of and theoretical models of abnormal psychology. It also contains chapters on different kinds of psychological suffering during childhood and later on in adult life. Second, it is intended as a critique of and argument against the predominance of the medical/biological and cognitive/behavioural models in psychiatry, and the author argues for treatments/therapies rooted in human science regarding psychological experience as distinctive from physical phenomena. As such this text is well worth reading also for more experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses and social workers. Although this is a textbook for undergraduate students and the descriptions of the models do not go into depth, the essential aspects of the theories are well elucidated. It is a valuable contribution to an important discussion of the science and practice of psychology and psychiatry. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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