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Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health: Volume 10, Number 2, July 2003 Editorial

1. Editorial:SIS as an Electronic Aide to Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention, Bankey L. Dubey, Ph.D, Prof.Psy,Email: bldubey@gmail.com , pages 165-166.

I feel honored to express my views through this Editorial. It gives me great pleasure to complete ten years as Editor in Chief of the "SIS Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health". While launching and running a new international journal presented significant challenges, the experience of doing so has been very rewarding both professionally and personally.

Handful members of the Somatic Inkblot Society (SIS), primarily from the USA and India, started the Journal. The SIS is a non-profit international social organization, which promotes personality development, mental health and personal growth using somatic inkblot series images now available on the Internet(http://www.somaticinkblots.com). Practitioners strive to respond to the worldwide crisis that calls for help, through their use of the SIS.

The Journal was started in July 1994 and since then it has been published regularly in January and July. The Journal is devoted to the advancement of research in the areas of projective psychology, personality assessment, psychotherapy and mental health. Broadly concerned with applications in organizational, clinical, counseling, cross-cultural and health psychology settings.

I am particularly grateful to Dr.Wilfred A.Cassell, Founder President of Somatic Inkblot Society and the Editor who has consistently contributed research papers and helped to improve the quality of the Journal. I would also like to express my appreciation to all members of the Editorial Board and the authors for their extraordinary contributions to the journal. I am equally grateful to Editors Mrs.Padma Dwivedi, Col. D.Saldanha, Anil Agrawal and Anand Dubey for their continuous support. Paul Panek, David Sperbeck,, Ailo Uhinki, Lisa Milne, Philip Greenway, Tamera Randolph, Paola Nicolini, Anatoly Khromov, C.B.Dwivedi, Rakesh Pandey, Anjana Mukhopadhyay, Mridula Mishra, M.P.Singh and Amool R. Singh were the force behind the Journal. During its 10 years journey, the Journal has been abstracted in "Psychological Abstract", PsychINFO and has reached national and international libraries. Members of the SIS Society from different countries deserve congratulations for their efforts and contributions to this progress. The abstract of all issues of the Journal, Manual of SIS Test and updated relevant information about SIS Society are now available on our website. Anand Dubey, who designed and manages the web site, deserves our special congratulations for a wonderful Job.

Since projective tests in general, and somatic inkblot images in particular, are not based on verbal communication, they have power to penetrate the "outer shell" of defenses and surface behavior. The SIS images take you back in time, when you start processing the unconscious material. They use the language of dreams, visual imagery and symbolic thought. The SIS document then works as an aide in this journey. The symbolic and content analysis of the responses helps a listener to hear the inner cry of suffering individuals and in planning for the therapeutic intervention. Dr. Wilfred Cassell deserves our congratulations for such an innovative contribution.

With the on-going development of instruments such as SIS, outmoded psychological instruments, so-called "non projective tests," developed in the 20th century may soon be found in the archives of history. One example of these more innovative techniques is the SIS-Video version. SIS is the only test, which has adopted a Video version, which provides electronic patterns that can, if so desired, be transmitted to every corner on earth, and wherever else computer monitors are located. When coupled with familiarity and knowledge of the tool, the potential applications would seem limited only to the extent of one's imagination.

The increasing usage of the various forms of the SIS in different countries, as well the translation of the SIS manual into Russian and Italian, is the harbinger of its global success. Normative data is available on various populations including students, executives in public and private sectors. The use of SIS as an aide during selection and promotion interviews suggests its applicability in different realms. The SIS instrument is also becoming popular, as a therapeutic tool in India's industry. It appears that the versatility of the SIS is becoming generally more recognized and appreciated, as psychologists in many countries have also started using the SIS test.

The clinical indices are available for schizophrenics, neurotics, depressives, sexually traumatized people, drug addicts and alcoholics. Apart from being a tool for personality assessment and diagnosis; the SIS images have proven to be an excellent therapeutic tool. Various cases published in SIS Journal demonstrate its therapeutic power. I sincerely invite you to join this noble venture and support it by contributing research papers and institutional membership.

2. Unmasking the Devil with Projective Technique, Wilfred A Cassell, Deborah Mohn, Frank Ilardi and Bankey L. Dubey, Anchorage,Email:bldubey@gmail.com, pages 167-188.

Every night we spend several hours in the mysterious inner world of our dreams. Those with an innate sense of curiosity have long been fascinated with the meaning of the images and affect experienced during this altered state of consciousness. The present case study explores symbolism in a devil dream of a severely depressed adolescent girl hospitalized after experiencing suicidal and homicidal ideation. She was interviewed using the Rorschach and SIS stimuli as sources for visual stimulation of daytime imagery. In the present study it may be inferred that "Lucifer" embodies both her mother's abusive nature and that part of the adolescent's personality identified with the mother. Her extreme hatred and homicidal ideation was also symbolized through SIS responses.

3. Can Color Preferences Reflect Personality Characteristics? Christopher Colt, Lyn McIntosh and Philip Greenway.ucation, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia- 3168. Email :Philip.greenway@education.monash.edu.au, pages 189-200.

Research on color preferences has yielded few significant findings, possibly due to the complexity of factors, which influence an individual's reaction to color. The present study had for its aim to investigate the projective aspects of color preferences. Subjects indicated their preferences for a series of colored gradients. The findings indicated that color preferences, in terms of their relationship with personality variables, varied according to the attitude, which subjects took towards specific pairs of colors. For example, subjects who reported that they disliked both images were more likely to score more highly on a NEO-like factor, Agreeableness, than those who reported less often that they disliked both images. The discussion indicated that as a preliminary study the results needed to be replicated.

4. SIS-I Profile and its Correlation with Rorschach in Manic Patients. S.Kumar, S.Mohanty and R.Kumar*, pages 201-204.

SIS-I and Rorschach were administered to a group of 30 Manic Patients drawn from Institute of Mental Health and hospital, Agra. Raw scores on the common indices of the tests were converted into percentages. Percent scores of the indices on SIS-I for normal subjects were taken from a previous study (Kumar et al 2001) The Critical Ratios were computed on SIS-I scores of manic and normal Subjects. The results revealed that Anatomy, Typical and Atypical responses were able to differentiate the groups. Pearson's product moment correlation was calculated on the percent scores of Rorschach and Sis-I on common indices of Manic patients. The obtained coefficient of correlations were significant on all the indices except for Most Typical indices.

5. Diagnostic Significance of Sex Responses on SIS- II on Sex and Non-Sex Images. Rakesh Pandey, Mridula Mishra and C.B. Dwivedi. Email:rpan_in@yahoo.com, pages 205-208.

The present paper reports the diagnostic utility of sex responses with an extended quantitative scoring criteria. Three groups of psychiatric patients viz, anxiety neurosis, paranoid schizophrenics and undifferentiated schizophrenics (N=25 in each group) and a group of age matched normal control (N=25) were individually tested on SIS-II. The obtained protocol were scored for 1) Sex responses on sex-images, 2) Sex responses on non-sex images and 3) Non-sex responses on sex images. Analysis revealed that partitioning of sex responses on sex and non-sex images provided diagnostically more rich information compared to the conventional scoring of total sex responses on all the 62 SIS-II images. 'Sex responses on non-sex images was found to be diagnostically redundant component and responsible for lowering the diagnostic efficacy of total sex responses.

6. Psychotherapeutic Usefulness of SIS-II in a Male Client with Somatoform Disorder: Case Illustration, L.S.S. Manickam, and B.T. Suhani, Email: sammanickam@satyam.net.in, pages 209-218.

SIS -II was administered to 41Yrs. male client who had the diagnosis of somatoform disorder. SIS -II protocol showed repression of sexual responses and rejection of several images. Giving feedback about his responses helped in breaking the resistance and bringing out repressed unconscious material. In the following session he revealed his incestuous sexual experiences and the repressed guilt about it. Resolving the conflicts helped the patient to be free from the symptoms over a short-term integrative psychotherapy.

7. The Diagnostic Value of the SIS in Treating a Child with Panic Attacks During the Post-Divorce Period: A Clinical Case Study, George Savage, 37 Victoria Road, Retreat. 7945. South Africa. E-mail: gsav@worldonline.co.za, pages 219-224.

Divorce is one of the most traumatic experiences for both parents and children. In many cases the children are not aware of the intention of the parents to dissolve the marriage. Once the decision to divorce is made most couples find it difficult to approach life in a positive and constructive way. They experience a range of emotional and psychological consequences and many are very vague about their future. Communication between the couples can range from talking about the impending events to complete non-communication. The self-esteem of both or one parent is negatively affected and they may lose their sense of priority and tend to be problem and circumstance driven (Hoffman & Pincus, 1989).

8. SIS in a Case of Hypochondriasis. Pravina Vimal and S. Mishra, pages 225-226.

The SIS-II was administered to a 44 years male contractor, who was having uncomfortable and peculiar sensations in stomach, chest, head and heart. He was found normal on different investigations. Responses on SIS revealed his disturbed relationship with his father, maternal deprivations and preoccupation with physical symptoms. Significant responses on SIS are discussed in the case study.

9. The Relationship Between Drawing Variables and Stress and Anxiety. Lisa C. Milne and Philip Greenway. Victoria, Australia. E-mail: lcmilne@netspace.net.au, pages 227-239.

This study examined the style details and content of drawings in relation to the Rorschach variables measuring stress management. Based on previous research, we expected there to be a cluster of drawing variables, which would be indicative of stress and anxiety, such as the use of shading, depiction of damage in drawings, or producing minimalist drawings. Subjects were 59 males and 66 females from the normal population. The main findings were that drawing details, human faces, representations of childhood, pleasant things, general objects, people together, humans alone, dots, and symbols were associated with adaptive characteristics specifically in relation to stress management. While drawing food, depicting damage, shading, adding letters or numbers and drawing minimally in the first six drawings was associated with the more negative aspects of stress managements, such as helplessness, unpleasant affect, unmet needs, and being overwhelmed by demand.

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