The past forty years have revealed a myriad of theoretical advances to Freud’s original conceptions of the personality. It has also witnessed the continued use of projective methods as a vital means of understanding the what and the how of mental health and psychopathology. Understanding Personality Through Projective Testing provides the reader with a comprehensive framework for linking these revitalized key domains of personality functioning to the quality of responses to projective testing in both children and adults. Six core aspects of personality: two facets of object relations (moving towards and away from self and others); the quality of defense mechanisms; the nature of affect maturity; the integrity of autonomous ego functioning and the capacity for playfulness are defined, articulated, and linked to one another in a reciprocal manner. Four commonly used projective testing methods: the Rorschach Inkblot Method (RIM); the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), the Sentence Completion Test (SCT), and the Animal Preference Test (APT) are then described in detail. Each of these projective methods is in turn presented as dynamically-based tools to indicate the relative performance of the patient across the six core personality domains. Clinical case examples provide both the beginning and more seasoned clinician with a comprehensive psychodynamic paradigm with which to view each of the testing methods, as well as enhanced methods with which to use each of the tests more subtly and hence with greater clinical acumen. A comprehensive battery of projective testing is then assessed through the protocol of a single adult patient, allowing the reader to integrate the value of each of the individual projective methods into a comprehensive assessment of the whole person. Readers will find the book a vital complement to both standard reference works on projective methods as well as books that describe personality along developmental and psychodynamic lines.
|Publisher:||Aronson, Jason Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)|
About the Author
Steven Tuber, PhD, ABPP, is professor of psychology and director of clinical training in the doctoral program in clinical psychology of the City University of New York at City College. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books Attachment, Play & Authenticity: A Winnicott Primer, and Starting Treatment with Children and Adolescents: A Process-Oriented Guide for Therapists (with Jane Caflisch) as well as over one hundred papers on the interplay between assessment and treatment in children, adolescents, and adults.
Table of Contents
Author’s Note Acknowledgments Dedication Chapter 1: A Story Chapter 2: A Conceptual Framework for Personality Assessment: The Domains of Negative and Positive Object Relations Chapter 3: Affects, Defenses, Ego Functions and the Capacity to Play Chapter 4: The Rorschach: Translating The RIM to our Personality Domains Chapter 5: Linking RIM Movement, Shading And Color Responses to our Personality Domains Chapter 6: A RIM Case Example Chapter 7: The TAT Chapter 8: The Clinical Application Of the TAT Chapter 9: The Sentence Completion and Animal Preference Tasks Chapter 10: The Case of Nicholas: His RIM Chapter 11: The Case of Nicholas: His SCT and APT Chapter 12: The Case of Nicholas: His TAT, and a Case Summary Chapter 13: Epilogue: Some Concluding Remarks References Figures Index About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Understanding Personality Through Projective Testing” shows how projective tests can help the assessing clinician develop a thoughtful, sensitive, and comprehensive portrait of the individual. Dr. Tuber demonstrates how psychological dynamics (affects, object relations, and defenses) can be skillfully interwoven with clinical history and cognitive functioning. I have read a number of books on projective testing and this one is simply the best; it elucidates rich theory of personality functioning and projective testing with prose that is fluid, easily understandable, and enjoyable. The inclusion of a case of a comprehensive battery of projective testing on a single adult patient makes the preceding chapters come alive—not an easy feat given the complexity of the material at hand. More broadly, the clinical material included throughout stimulates the clinician to think in deeper and more nuanced ways about the complexities of each patient’s ‘actual experience’ through the lens of rich psychodynamic theory of personality functioning. This book is a gift that Dr. Tuber has given to future generations of clinicians and testers; his experience in the field as a tester and brilliant therapist is reflected in the wisdom of this book, and it will surely become a must-read for novice and seasoned clinicians alike. It will indeed always be kept close at hand throughout my clinical practice.
I’ve had the privilege of taking classes with Steven Tuber as a graduate student and beginning clinician and tester. His Assessment class, from which this book is inspired, has become legendary – not only because of the sheer breadth and depth of material he skillfully covers with disarming clarity and purpose, but especially because of his ability to bring complex ideas so vividly to life. He stresses the point that the very nature of our experience of ourselves and others is an interaction always bathed in affect. As the best teachers do, he exemplified this fully by showing, not telling, as his infectious passion and sincerity breathed life through important theories and concepts. This gift of learning is captured thoroughly in his latest book and it’s thrilling to see it printed for others to take advantage of. It is truly a must-read for any tester – new or experienced.
Dr. Tuber has the very rare ability to enliven diagnostic data with the dynamics of developmental theory, all the while making it digestible and clinically relevant. Tuber walks his reader through the tenets of object relations, ego functions and defenses, in addition to the rationale behind his selection of projective tasks. His comments and interpretation of the presented clinical material allows the reader insight into the evaluative process. "Understanding Personality through Projective Testing" is a must have for all of our repertoires as clinicians and diagnosticians alike.