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Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health: Volume 3, Number 2, July 1996 Editorial

Editorial: N.L. Dosajh, pages 89-90.

The clinical values of the SIS test have been emphasized and the hope is expressed that this test will be used in different mental hospitals and clinics.

Future Direction of Projective Technique: Inaugural Address: at the 3rd International conference of Somatic Inkblot Society held at Chandigarh, India on Feb. 22-25,1996 by Wilfred A. Cassell: pages 91-94.

Dr. Cassell has emphasized the importance of Somatic Inkblot Series in various areas. Therapeutic help through the Internet was given due importance. A therapist can reach People even in remote comers of the world with the help of Somatic Inkblot Series - Video.

3. Presidential Address: SIS as a Projective Tool for the 21st Century: Delivered by Dr. B.L.Dubey, President Somatic Inkblot Society, February 22-25.1996, pages 95-107.

The history of Inkblot Psychology was described and the importance of Somatic Inkblot Series in hearing the Inner Cry of the Individual was emphasized. The SIS Test has adopted content analysis with simple scoring procedure. Mental health professionals interested in understanding and modifying human behavior can get help from this test.

4. Paranoia Assessment with The SIS-Il In a College Student Sample: Christopher J. Bailey and Bernard I. Murstein, pages 109-122.

The relationship between the Somatic Inkblot Series-II and a self report Paranoia Scale was investigated in a college student sample (N=60). The content of written responses to the Somatic Inkblot Series-II were analyzed for Paranoid content. Based on past research with other projective devices, a content analysis of Somatic Inkblot responses featuring eye responses, facial responses, atypical references, and paranoid ideation was conducted. The result indicated that two of the scoring methods, that of eye content and paranoid ideation, were positively associated (p<. 05) with self reported Paranoia Scale scores. The findings lend support to the Cassell (1990) eye paranoia scale for the Somatic Inkblot Series-II, and extend these findings to a non-clinical sample.

5. A Quantitative Analysis of Liked and Disliked SIS-Il Images, Rakesh Pandey M. Mishra & C. B. Dwivedi, pages 123-130.

This paper reports on analysis of three most likes and three least liked images on SIS-Il by neurotics, Schizophrenics and normal controls (N=50 in each). A differential pattern of preferences emerged such as normal control showed positive effect for healthy body imagery (image 31A and 5B). Image 31 B was most liked by all subjects, which supports the contention of Dr. Cassell to carry pleasant feelings way back home by the subject at the end of the test. Analysis of least liked images revealed that images pertaining to erotic/sex and insecurity were liked the least by clinical subjects, while the normal controls showed no such differences. Theoretical issues pertaining to these results have been discussed.

6. Efficacy of Booklet and Monochromatic Version of SIS in a Case of Repeated Miscarriages: Wilfred A. Cassell & B. L. Dubey, pages 131-145.

This case was selected to illustrate the use of monochromatic version of the SIS in a woman who had been traumatized by multiple miscarriages. She had originally presented herself, five years earlier, for treatment of depression. Because she was highly unstable emotionally with Borderline Personality traits, she was given the BOOKLET version of SIS to complete at home after the first session. As she walked through the interview room door on the second visit, she exclaimed "Dr. Cassell, you must have designed this test for me." She then spoke about the fact that she had, for the first time in years, gotten in touch with memories of repeated miscarriages as a teenage girl. She said that when this material was released, it was painful for her. Since this material surfaced after upon the completion of the SIS BOOOKLET, she has done much grieving on her own. However, she dropped out of therapy after relapsing with her alcoholism and was not seen again for five years.

7. Relationship Between Homosexuality and Paranoid Schizophrenia- A Rorschach Study: Chaudhary & S.G. Jyothi, pages 147-152.

The Rorschach test by Klopfer’s method was administered to thirty pairs of paranoid and non-paranoid schizophrenia patients. Records of paranoid schizophrenia patients contained significantly greater number of Wheeler's homosexual signs as compared to those of non-paranoid schizophrenia patients. However, complete absence of homosexual signs in the records of non paranoid schizophrenic patients was observed. Implications of findings to the psychoanalytic theory of paranoid delusions are discussed.

8. SIS and Social Anxiety - An Assessment of Personality Factors of Drug Addicts: Gopa Mitra and Anjana Mukhopadhyay, pages 153-164.

Forty adult male opiate drug addicts were sampled into three categories, namely, Heroin (N=19), Brown Sugar (N=12), Tidigesic (N=9) groups. The social anxiety level of the clinical samples was measured in terms of social avoidance and distress (SAD) and fear of negative evaluation (FNE). The SIS-I measured the pathological personality components of the drug addicts. Rest of the qualitative components analyzed the significance of the result obtained by objective measure. Results revealed that the three groups significantly differ in SAD (p<. 01) and FNE (p<. 05) of social anxiety scale. Tidigesic group reported highest score in social anxiety and distress and lowest score in fear of negative evaluation. A contrary report was found with Heroin addicts who scored highest in fear of negative evaluation and lowest in social anxiety and distress. SIS pathological indices do not differentiate the groups. Qualitative components are also reporting a predominance of specified components such as anatomical responses (At), atypical responses (Aty) and human responses (HR). This suggests uniformity in personality components among opiate addicts, which may be termed as drug dependency traits.

9. Efficacy of SIS-Il in Discriminating O.C.D. Patients and Normal: Amool R. Singh & K.R. Banerjee, pages 165-169.

In the present investigation S1S-Il was administered on 38 O.C.D. patients in order to study the response patterns on chosen variables. The results suggested that SIS-Il could be a useful psycho diagnostic tool in clinical setup. Further studies are justified and will be reported in due course of time.
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