The Museum of Projective Personality Testing Sina Najafi & Christopher Turner
The Rosenzweig Picture-Frustration Study
We live in a culture so saturated with tests – administered by schools, corporations, the military, and hospitals, amongst others – that we have come to believe that we can only know ourselves through the mechanics of examination. Every one of us leaves a paper trail of test results that places us in a hierarchy and enables us to be judged against a predetermined norm. With the emergence of psychoanalysis, a new tool emerged for measuring personality – ‘projective psychological tests’ – in which the subject is invited to project meaning onto ambiguous visual stimuli. Unlike ‘objective psychological tests’, that normally take the form of multiple-choice, projective tests assume the existence of an unconscious mind. Through their responses, examinees are believed to reveal inadvertently their hidden impulses and desires. These tests, along with psychoanalysis, have declined in popularity, and the more easily administered objective tests have come to dominate the field. Presented here is a small selection of projective personality tests, many of them now extinct.
The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
The Blacky Picture Test