Gauging Primary and Secondary Processes in Rorschach Responses

  • Robert R. Holt


When Rorschach gave us his test—his blots, his way of administering the experiment, as he called it, and interpreting the results—he also left us a system of scoring the responses. Essentially, this was a way of abstracting from a complex performance four or five important dimensions—dimensions which hundreds of Rorschachers since have found most useful. Hermann Rorschach was perfectly open in pointing out the intuitive and heuristic nature of these scoring categories. One of the first points he made in his monograph was that the theoretical basis of the test was almost nonexistent.


Primary Process Secondary Process Psychoanalytic Theory Illogical Thinking Gauging Primary 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert R. Holt
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  1. 1.Research Center for Mental HealthNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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