The emotional responses of psychotherapists to their patients, known as countertransference, can yield valuable insights into the patient’s psychological functioning. Albeit from a different perspective, the Rorschach test also provides information about the patient’s psychological processes. In particular, the Rorschach human movement response (M) has been shown to be a useful measure of higher-level psychological functioning. In an attempt to bridge these two largely different perspectives, the aim of this study was to explore the association between M responses in the Rorschach protocols of psychotherapy patients and emotional responses exhibited by their therapists. To this end, a convenience sample of 149 outpatients were administered the Rorschach according to the Comprehensive System, and their therapists completed the Therapist Response Questionnaire. Through a series of regression models, controlling for response style, response complexity, and degree of psychopathology, M demonstrated a significant association with the therapists’ emotional responses. A lower number of M responses was associated with the therapists’ feelings of disengagement, and a higher number of M responses was associated with the therapists’ feelings of being more involved with the patient. Taken together, these results suggest a potential relationship between the number of M responses the respondent gives in the Rorschach and the subsequent development of the therapeutic alliance between the respondent and their therapist.

Rorschach Human Movement and Psychotherapy: Relationship with the Therapist’s Emotional Responses

Giromini L.;Zennaro A.
2024-01-01

Abstract

The emotional responses of psychotherapists to their patients, known as countertransference, can yield valuable insights into the patient’s psychological functioning. Albeit from a different perspective, the Rorschach test also provides information about the patient’s psychological processes. In particular, the Rorschach human movement response (M) has been shown to be a useful measure of higher-level psychological functioning. In an attempt to bridge these two largely different perspectives, the aim of this study was to explore the association between M responses in the Rorschach protocols of psychotherapy patients and emotional responses exhibited by their therapists. To this end, a convenience sample of 149 outpatients were administered the Rorschach according to the Comprehensive System, and their therapists completed the Therapist Response Questionnaire. Through a series of regression models, controlling for response style, response complexity, and degree of psychopathology, M demonstrated a significant association with the therapists’ emotional responses. A lower number of M responses was associated with the therapists’ feelings of disengagement, and a higher number of M responses was associated with the therapists’ feelings of being more involved with the patient. Taken together, these results suggest a potential relationship between the number of M responses the respondent gives in the Rorschach and the subsequent development of the therapeutic alliance between the respondent and their therapist.
2024
1
12
Porcelli P.; Giromini L.; Zennaro A.
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
CLEAN_Paper MTRQ 12_LG.docx

Accesso riservato

Tipo di file: POSTPRINT (VERSIONE FINALE DELL’AUTORE)
Dimensione 115.72 kB
Formato Microsoft Word XML
115.72 kB Microsoft Word XML   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/2318/1974552
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? 0
  • Scopus 0
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 0
social impact