Alberto Guerra

Elizabeth Rangel

Summer ††††††††††

April 18, 2000

Psyc 542: Testing

Projective Testing Cons: Summary


Our group researched Projective Testing in psychology.† We found some interesting material while researching for our group debate- why we should not use projective Testing in Psychology.† We discovered that projective tests are known for their low reliability.† For example, the lack of a universally accepted method for administering and scoring the Rorschach Test.† The Rorschach test is a popular test used in projective testing.† Although many therapists include this form of testing in their diagnosis of patients, there is a possibility that patients will be misdiagnosed.† Projective tests are used to diagnose personality disorders but depending on the therapists interpretation, a misdiagnosis can be given.† Since there is a low reliability in projective testing, each individual case is interpreted differently.† Therefore, the chance of misdiagnose is highly possible.† Also, the interpretation of the therapist is a projective test in itself and the patient might be getting an evaluation of the therapist as opposed to the actual test taker interpretation.† Along with this, it is possible that the interaction between the therapist and the patient is co created. We influence each other and create an exchange that would not happen in the same way if there were different participants, or even to a certain extent, if we were interacting at different times.† Thus, there is a high chance that the manner in which the therapist carries out the projective tests will influence how the patient responds.† Projective tests are not cross-cultural.† Researchers can conduct historical and anthropological studies of certain symbolic meanings, but the resulting conclusions will probably apply more to the population at large than to specific patient groups.† For example, the different meanings for colors and how they are defined differently in different cultures.† If a patient is not aware of the symbolic material inside of the American culture, this can cause the therapist to misinterpret patientís response due to the patientís lack of knowledge about culture.† In Western culture there is some commonality of association to colors, such as green with hope, yellow with purity, black with mourning, and red with love and revolution.† Yet in the Indian Philosophy, the color red signifies ambition, desire, ruthless striving for pleasure and material goods.† While to the Communist Party, the color red signifies a whole different meaning.†††††††††††