Projective Assessment of Personality

Projective Assessment of Personality

A projective test is a type of personality test in which you offer responses to ambiguous scenes, words, or images. The goal of such tests is to uncover the hidden conflicts or emotions that you project onto the test with the hope that these issues can then be addressed through psychotherapy or other appropriate treatments.

How Projective Tests Came About

This type of test emerged from the psychoanalytic school of thought, which suggested that people have unconscious thoughts or urge. Projective tests are intended to uncover feelings, desires, and conflicts that are hidden from conscious awareness.

Despite the controversy over their use, projective tests remain quite popular and are extensively used in both clinical and forensic settings. Recent research shows that while training in projective testing in psychology graduate settings has rapidly declined over the past decade or so, at least one projective test was noted as one of the top five tests used in practice for 50 percent of 28 worldwide survey-based studies.

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