INKBLOT RESPONSES AS AN AIDE TO THERAPY
 
Dubey, B.L., Panjab University and Dwivedi, P., Post Graduate Medical Institute, India
 
Most clinicians consider the use of inkblot testing such as the Rorschach, primarily for its diagnostic applications. In recent years, the widespread uses of numerical scoring systems have tended to bypass the therapeutic value of Herman's inkblots in stimulating imagery for free association and content analysis. This failure partially relates to the fact that most modern therapists are not adequately trained in this approach for recalling painful memories and PTSD dreams. This presentation represents a longitudinal case history study of eight years comparing the diagnostic and therapeutic utility of inkblot images. It may also refresh the memories of clinicians concealing how projective stimuli -SOMATIC INKBLOT SIRIES can facilitate not only diagnosis, but also provide a powerful yet underutilized tool in the various current day psychological treatments. A male college student age nineteen was selected for the case history study. He was referred by a psychiatrist and was plagued by incapacitating examination anxiety, When interviewed, he had major problems with stammering. As part of assessment and treatment plan development, he was given the Rorschach, SIS-I and SIS-video Images These procedures were completed initially in March 1991, then repeated in October 1991, then the third time in April 1992 and fourthly in February 1999 The longitudinal treatment plan involved insight oriented psychotherapy discussing his abandonment issues, content analysis with him concerning the significance of his inkblot responses, cognitive therapy and hypnotic relaxation. The findings of the study are discussed in the presentation