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Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health: Volume 4, Number 2, July 1997 Editorial

Editorial: C Wilfred A. Cassell, M.D., pages 87-88.

It is with great sadness that write this editorial. This particular journal is dedicated to the spirit of Professor Seymour Fisher who died suddenly on December 5th in Syracuse. New York. During his lifetime. He was one of the great leaders in American psychology. He was an outstanding scientist and scholar. He was a wonderful human being who truly cared about human suffering. At the time of his physical departure from this world, he was actively researching what he perceived as an excessive use of psychopharmacologic during in children. During my intellectually formative years – while at Syracuse-he was a most important father figure. Research work with him on the significance of anatomical Rorschach responses ultimately stimulated me towards designing the somatic inkblots. After I moved away in 1966, over the years, he continued to give me support and encouragement. For example, he wrote in 1980 a positive review for the twenty card form of the SIS which is published on the back cover of the book “Body Symbolism”. Even though we will never speak again, I feel spiritually connected to his energy. The forces that I derived from the stimulating conversations continue to motivate me. A few weeks before he died, during our last telephone conversation, he spoke about our sharing a mutual “lust for knowledge”. He encouraged creative research in a society where scientists struggle financially, while obscenely enough in a society where scientists struggle financially, while obscenely enough, internet astrologers and national sport figures collect fortunes. He will always be a role model and a personal hero. Please contact me and I will send you a bibliography of his extensive publications so that you share in the intellectual feast.

Medical, Psychological and Spiritual Application of the Medical, Psychological and Spiritual Application of the SIS Inkblots, Wilfred A. Cassell, Bankey L. Dubey and Gilbert J. Roth, pages 89-112.

Shortly after world war II, investigators began to study the interaction between psychological and physiological processes in health and disease. More recently, there has been consideration into assessing the impact of spirituality on this complex interactive system. This presentation outlines how the Somatic Inkblot Series (SIS) may be used in this type of investigation. It employs a phenomenological approach with outlines of case histories to illustrate how what is projected onto the SIS inkblots relates to the stream of consciousness associated with the highly personal imagery of dreams, hallucinations and religious experience.

Improvement of Psychosomatic Disorders among Tension Headache Subjects Using Behavior Therapy and Somatic Inkblot Series, S. Gayatri Devi and K.V. Kaliappan, 113-120.

The present study attempts to find out whether Somatic Inkblot Series could improve the inner life of tension headache subjects. Nineteen-tension headache subjects from the Banking Industry were administered the Somatic Inkblot Series-II, a Rating Scale and Visual Analogue Scale. Multimode behavior therapy was applied for treating the tension headache subjects. Findings showed a significant reduction in the atypical responses and an increase in the typical and most typical responses among the tension headache subjects due to multi modal behavior therapy.

Content Scale Based Diagnostic Compatibility of the SIS-II with Rorschach test in Normal, Neurotics and Schizophrenics, Mridula Mishra and C.B. Dwivedi, pages121-140.

The present study compares the diagnostic indices of the SIS-II with the Rorschach test in Normal. Neurotic and schizophrenics. The sample is comprised of normal, 50 neurotics and 50 schizophrenics. The results suggest that the diagnostic confidence certainly, which is achieved by the SIS-II and the Rorschach in diagnosing and schizophrenics compares well. The study further suggest that both the tests provide ample support to the theory that SIS-II provides certain additional diagnostic information which are not available through the Rorschach, The results also suggest that the SIS-II indices as compared with the Rorschach indices, discriminate better the normal subjects and parade schizophrenics whereas the Rorschach indices discriminate better the depressive neurotics and undifferentiated schizophrenics.

Prognostic Utility of Somatic Inkblot Series-II, A.R. Singh, B.L.Dubey and K.R. Banerjee, pages 141-144.

Initially Somatic Inkblot Series-II (SIS-II ) protocols of 100 cases (50 each of alcohol and drug dependence) were examined after a follow-up period of six months. The patients why ‘improved’ and failed to improve’ were kept in separate groups and were compared for selected SIS-II indices. The findings suggest that SIS-II is a sensitive tool to be used as a prognostic indicator to a certain extent.

Recondition of Psychological Problems in Patients, Suffering from Speech Defects with the Help of SIS-II, Ashima Nehra, M. Raghunathan, S.K. Verma and S..S. Mann, pages 145-151.

The present study aims to find out the personality of patients suffering from speech defects with the help of SIS-II and to find the contents heeling in understanding the psychopathology and inner cry of such patients. To achieve the above objectives, eighteen cases having speech problems were administered SIS-II individually. All were O.P.D. patients of the Nehru Hospital, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Canoga in the age range of 15 years to 64 years with the mean age of 27.44 years. The results showed better productive (greater number of responses) low rejection of images, disturbed interpersonal relations with somatic preoccupation (higher anatomical, but lower sex responses with moderate human and most typical responses). The cases that rejected more images also were found to give low number of responses and most typical Responses. One of the patients with lots of psychological responses discussed how SIS-II has helped in understanding the psychopathology of the case.

How a Single Image of SIS-II Leads to Complete Psycho diagnosis, N.L. Dosajh, 152-154.

SIS-II is a very sensitive instrument for psycho diagnosis. Sometimes a response to a single image of SIS-II is able to diagnose the trouble. In this paper two cases of the author have been given to illustrate this good quality of SIS-II. In the first case response to image 18-B, followed by an interview led to diagnosis. How it was done has been explained in this paper.

Sex Differences in Personality Dynamics of Extremely Prolonged Derived Adolescents, Mahesh Bhargava and Anju Sexena, pages 155-160.

The present study aims at striding the sex difference in various personality domains of extremely prolonged deprived segment. The study was conducted on Intermediate students in the age group between 16 to 18 years and an equal number of 30 respondents were included of both the sexes of this segment. For measurement of deprivation, Prolonged Deprivation Scale by Misra and Tripartite was used whereas Rorschach Inkblot Test was used for evaluating the personality significantly on FC criteria of emotional construct and difficulty in establishing close personal relationship, FM criteria of abundance of creative impulses and develop, Fc criteria of higher degree of empathy and Ad criteria of anxiety concerning bodily functions of extremely prolonged deprived segment.

Psychological Profile of Patients with Alopecia Areata, Vinod K. Sharma, B.L. Dubey, S. Muralidharan and Bhushan Kumar, pages 161-166.

Alopecia areata is a disease of unknown etiology but factors like heredity autoimmunity and psychological disturbances are implicated. The present study is an attempt to find out the psychological profile of patients with alpaca seriate. The somatic Inkblot Series-II was administered to 22 patients with alpaca aerate. Psychotically disturbances were found in 55 percent of cases. One case is described in detail to illustrate the pull-out power of somatic images.

Somatized Pain: A Case Study with The Help of SIS-II, Manidra Pal Singh and Padma Dwivedis, pages 167-171.

Somatic Inkblot Series-II (SIS) was administered to a 35 years old, educated, married lady who is suffering from ulcer. Somatic Inkblot images brought out her cold feelings for her husband, conflicting family life, broken love affair, affectional deprivation and suicidal ideation. SIS worked as a time machine and helped her in processing a lot of unprocessed unconscious material.
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