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Rorschachiana - Vol 38, Iss 1

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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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  • A Rorschach case study: Multiple psychoanalytic models of interpretation.
    Six experienced clinicians interpreted the Rorschach of Ms. B., an 18-year-old patient who had been referred for psychological testing following a severe suicide attempt. The clinicians each conducted a blind interpretation of Ms. B.’s Rorschach from six different psychoanalytic schools of thought, which included ego psychology, object relations, self psychology, interpersonal theory, the French psychoanalytic school, and attachment theory. In their interpretations of Ms. B.’s Rorschach, the clinicians organized their formulations according to the following set of questions: (1) How does your model aid in a diagnostic understanding of Ms. B.’s internal experience and personality functioning? What unique aspects of her functioning does your model address?; (2)What features of her Rorschach (formal scores, indices, thematic content, behavior) lend themselves particularly well to your psychoanalytic model?; and (3) How does your model guide you in addressing the referral questions and in making inferences about treatment issues based on Ms. B.’s Rorschach (e.g., type of treatment, intensity, potential transference–countertransference themes, need for supportive interventions). A discussant integrates the interpretations of Ms. B.’s Rorschach from multiple psychoanalytic perspectives. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Rorschach interpretation: An object relations approach.
    This article presents an object relations theory interpretation of the protocol of Ms. B. Object relations theory is defined and the concepts of potential space and the introjective–anaclitic dimension are highlighted. The author suggests that Ms. B.’s protocol manifests a dissociative collapse of potential space, an introjective orientation toward defenses and coping, and a borderline level of object representation. The Rorschach data for these interpretations are discussed and the implications for treatment are highlighted. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Ego psychoanalytic Rorschach interpretation.
    This article concerns the utility of ego psychoanalytic perspectives in Rorschach interpretation. Psychoanalytic ego psychology focuses on how people cope with events in their lives and how effectively they can meet challenges to their sense of well-being. The way people deal with experienced distress constitutes their defensive style and determines to a large extent what kind of person they are. Adequate defenses against anxiety promote comfortable and productive adjustment, whereas ineffective defenses typically cause adjustment difficulties and susceptibility to psychological disorders. In Rorschach assessment, the nature and effectiveness of a person’s defensive style can often be identified with a sequence analysis that integrates the structural, thematic, and behavioral features in the protocol. In particular, the sequential quality of responses, especially preceding and following instances of cognitive slippage, can help identify causes of upsetting concerns, defensive efforts to alleviating these concerns, and the adequacy of these defensive efforts in restoring equanimity. This interpretive process is illustrated with attention to implications for differential diagnosis and treatment planning in the Rorschach protocol of a 20-year-old suicidal woman. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • An interpersonal approach to Rorschach interpretation.
    In response to Kleiger’s (this issue) unique invitation to interpret a Rorschach case study from multiple psychoanalytic perspectives, I was asked to present a Rorschach interpretation from Sullivan’s interpersonal psychodynamic theory (IPT) perspective. In reviewing the literature, I found no theoretical papers specifically addressing IPT Rorschach interpretation. As such this article will be an initial attempt to integrate the Rorschach with IPT. I will present a brief overview of some of Sullivan’s most relevant IPT concepts, suggest where to find them on the Rorschach Comprehensive System (CS), and apply IPT Rorschach variables to the case of Ms. B. Special attention will be given to how the IPT model aids in the dynamic understanding of the Ms. B.’s internal experience and personality functioning; what formal features of the Rorschach lend themselves to key constructs in the model; and how the IPT model addresses the referral questions and adds to an understanding of treatment issues, including likely transference/countertransference themes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • A self psychological analysis of Rorschach thematic content.
    In this discussion of the case of Ms. B., I consider this patient’s Rorschach responses from the theoretical viewpoint of psychoanalytic self psychology (Kohut, 1971, 1996). Using thematic content and sequence analysis, I demonstrate how the self psychological concept of the forward edge (Tolpin, 2002) may indicate how a selfobject transference emerges as a representation of thwarted legitimate developmental strivings that have been driven underground. I attempt to illustrate how such unrecognized selfobject needs may be reactivated on the Rorschach and how they may be understood as fragile tendrils of remaining healthy needs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Attachment theory applied to Ms. B.’s Rorschach.
    This manuscript addresses the case study of Ms. B. through the lens of attachment theory. Her Rorschach reveals her anxiously attached information. Her attachment anxiety contributes to her suicidal attempt, to problems in affect regulation, and to negative self-esteem. Ms. B. has problems in mentalization and low reality testing while being in emotionally charged situations. She needs mentalization-based psychotherapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Discussion of special issue articles “A Rorschach case study: Multiple psychoanalytic models of interpretation”.
    Psychoanalytic theory offers multiple ways of organizing clinical data. In this paper, I comment on the preceding papers and offer an integrative discussion of Rorschach test analyses from the perspectives of object relations, ego psychology, interpersonal psychology, self psychology, and attachment theory. Each theory approaches the case somewhat differently, highlights different data points, and focuses on different inferences. In the end, however, each separate analysis reaches a similar endpoint with respect to the identification of core themes as manifested on the Rorschach test. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • Review of Disordered personalities and crime.
    Reviews the book, Disordered Personalities and Crime: An Analysis of the History of Moral Insanity by David W. Jones (see record 2015-48027-000). The focus of this book is on the development in the United Kingdom, from the eighteenth century to the present. The book gives an engaging and informative picture of the development of psychiatry through interaction with the wider culture, an interaction grounded in the public interest in psychological processes. Both more optimistic and more pessimistic views of insanity have got social and cultural expression. This thought-provoking book is readable not only for those working in the field of forensic psychiatry/psychology, but also for everyone interested in the history of psychiatry and psychiatric/psychological assessment, and how society has dealt with criminal behavior related to mental disorders. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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