Generally speaking, the amount of answers are higher than the norms. Looking deeper into each card, as the amount of answers increase, the contents of the answer gets spoiled. It is worth noting that the AI itself also emphasizes a lower confidence level for these answers. It is as if AI is also not sure about these answers. This resemblances human mentality, as increasing amount of answers point to not being confident and struggling to decide. People who invested in their intellectual process focus more to details and give more answers.
The most distinctive feature is, that most of the answers are based on the background-form relationship to seperate the form on the card. Especially in black and white cards, the form is emphasized more heavily. Lack of pre-interview and survey signs caused by disability of relational application is important. Survey is a way of asking what triggers the answer and how it is regressed. Since it wasn’t possible to ask “What makes you think this?”, AI was only able to cite the recognized shapes with or without the background.
In mental evaluation terms, the intensity of describing shapes means seeing the form, which means trying to be just like everyone else as it helps realizing the common perception. Even though this might seem closer to the borders of neurosis, in a process without survey, the state might be inside the borders of neurosis and considering the decrease in the quality of forms, it may point to a drift towards psychosis at the same time.
In almost every card, the test protocol starts with an answer that addresses that card as a whole and continues with details. This can be interpreted as an orientation process and an ordinary way of answering. However, the number of repetitive answers are quite high. For an individual’s mental process, repetitive answers indicate either suppressing, and thus inhibiting the impulse driven expression, or a lock-up, meaning hesitancy in cognitive process which can be caused by a variety of reasons such as, intelligence level or psychiatric disorder. The effort to simile the relation between background and form would explain the answer “snow” to white color, and “shadow” to black. We are facing a situation where there is no imagination, thus lacking creativity and uniqueness. Because these answers, the answers that are affected by the texture of the card, trigger emotional process and reveal individual’s affects. These answers are arbitrary and it is not possible to create a narrative to process emotions. Semantic arrangement enables creating relations between forms and verbalize images, but in this case the associations are just put into words without creating a story. This results in lack of movement answers that would be expected in a norm. We don’t encounter any impulsive or relational transfer through movement. Inhibition of expressing the affective world is apparent from the insufficient amount of color answers. As the contents of the answers focus on form, display of various defence mechanisms are prevented. Since there is no answer besides form, it is not possible to examine defence mechanisms. Here, it is important that AI does not have an operating ego. It is ego that needs defence mechanisms and process imaginations to organize impulses from id and accord with superego.
Looking at the general picture with a cautious evaluation, the protocol can be seen as either a borderline with neurotic and psychotic features, or a child-adolescent with rudimentary cognition, or a psychosis with dispersed mental process that is followed by treatment. It is always necessary to pre-interview and survey for a holistic and reliable evaluation, to examine motivational, impulse driven and affective processes of the individual. Taking the test is enduring a mental distress, it enriches the answers, which is not the case here.
Assist. Prof. İrem Erdem Atak
Near East University Department of Psychology Lecturer
Rorschach and Projective Tests Association Vice President