By James H. Kleiger
In Disordered considering and the Rorschach, James Kleiger presents a completely up to date textual content that covers the full diversity of scientific and diagnostic concerns linked to the phenomenon of disordered pondering as published at the Rorschach. Kleiger publications the reader in the course of the historical past of psychiatric and psychoanalytic conceptualizations of the character and importance of other different types of disordered pondering and their relevance to figuring out character constitution and differential analysis. He then strikes directly to thorough stories of the respective contributions of David Rapaport, Robert Holt, Philip Holzman, and John Exner in conceptualizing and scoring disordered pondering at the Rorschach. those synopses are by means of an both interesting exam of much less renowned examine conceptualizations, which, taken jointly, support make clear the fundamental interpretive conundrums besetting the foremost structures.
Finally, having introduced the reader to a whole realizing of systematic exploration to this point, Kleiger enters right into a distinct research of the phenomenological and psychodynamic points of disordered pondering in line with se. Even skilled clinicians will locate themselves challenged to reconceptualize such commonly used different types as confabulatory or combinative considering in a fashion that leads not just to new diagnostic precision, but in addition to a richer realizing of the different types of idea disturbances with their both variable healing and prognostic implications.
With Disordered considering and the Rorschach, Kleiger has succeeded in summarizing a wealth of expertise referring to the rigorous empirical detection and category of disordered considering. both remarkable, he has taken complete good thing about the Rorschach as an evaluate tool capable of trap the richness of character and hence in a position to delivering a distinct medical window into these crucially vital alterations within the caliber of proposal that sufferers could evince.
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As such, he considered deviant response processes in terms of perceptual anomalies, as opposed to disturbed linguistic or ideational phenomena. Without using the term "thought disorder" or the like, Rorschach (1921) introduced three types of perceptual anomalies, which became forerunners of the major thought disorder scoring categories in all Rorschach scoring systems that followed. When discussing the "mode of apperception," or location scores, Rorschach presented several atypical ways that subjects could deliver whole responses.
Klopfer and Kelley also tried to provide an explanation for the regression seen in schizophrenic patients in terms of their greater number of contaminations, positions responses, perseverations, F- responses, pure C's, and animal content percentage, all of which were found in children's records. Finally, Klopfer and Kelley looked fleetingly at qualitative aspects of the patient's verbalizations including condensation of words, sentences, and phrases. Additionally, they pointed out how the schizophrenic patient may lose distance from the card and respond to it as if it represented reality.
Unlike previous investigators who saw the Rorschach as a more direct route to diagnosing schizophrenia, Rapaport zeroed in on deviant thinking per se and made this the subject of intense scientific scrutiny. However, like most researchers of his day, Rapaport believed that severe thought pathology was specific to schizophrenia. " Prior to his formal introduction of this term in his book Organization and Pathology in Thought (1951), this now familiar term had not appeared frequently in Rorschach literature on schizophrenia.
Disordered Thinking and the Rorschach: Theory, Research, and Differential Diagnosis by James H. Kleiger