Book Definition: Personality assessment instruments, such as the Rorschach and TAT, which are based on Freud's ego defense mechanism of projection.

In Your Own Words


  • Instruments used to reveal peoples inner most feelings, motives, conflicts and desires.
  • Tests where people project their true feelings or emotions into what they see or create.
  • A method of introspection.
  • personality test in which the individual offers responses to ambiguous scenes, words or images.
  • Personality tests to assess what type of person someone is (what kind of personality they have).





Examples/Functions


  • People will project their hidden motives or feelings when the explain the picture they are given.
  • If a person is looking at clouds and can see images in them then it could help determine their personality.
  • Thematic Apperception Test
  • Rorschach Inkblot Technique
  • Russel looks at the different inkblotted cards and he describes what he sees in each inkblot, like when people find shapes in clouds. What Russel sees can depend on his personality, mood, etc.
  • Brianna answers a bunch of questions about what kind of person she is and what she would do in different situations, and in the end it lists the different personality types she is and what majority of her each type makes up.

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Additional Resources


  1. http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologicaltesting/f/projective-tests.htm
  2. http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologicaltesting/f/projective-tests.htm