projective test


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projective test

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A psychological test in which a subject's responses to ambiguous or unstructured standard stimuli, such as a series of cartoons, abstract patterns, or incomplete sentences, are analyzed in order to determine underlying personality traits, feelings, or attitudes.

projective test

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(Psychology) any psychological test, such as the Rorschach test, in which the subject is asked to respond to vague material. It is thought that unconscious ideas are thus projected, which, when the responses are interpreted, reveal hidden aspects of the subject's personality
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Noun1.projective test - any personality test designed to yield information about someone's personality on the basis of their unrestricted response to ambiguous objects or situations
personality test - any test that is intended to assess personality
inkblot test, Rorschach, Rorschach test - a projective tests using bilaterally symmetrical inkblots; subjects state what they see in the inkblot
Thematic Apperception Test, TAT - a projective technique using black-and-white pictures; subjects tell a story about each picture
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It was originally a projective test of personality using occupational titles.
And it's tempting, then, to assume that writing works as what psychologists call a projective test, which analyses responses to ambiguous stimuli; the Rorschach inkblot test being the most well known.
His Child Dissociative Checklist (CDC) score by the mother was 28, which signifies significant dissociative psychopathology (maximum score is 40) (13) His Rorschach projective test revealed difficulties in adjusting to a new environment; excessive somatic ruminations; vigorous anxiety in relation to his mother and to reality.
In contrast, the validity and reliability of almost every projective test, including the often used House-Tree-Person Test and the Thematic Apperception Test, are either poor or nonexistent.