Valuable Lessons I Learned in Projective Techniques

One of the reasons why I aspire to become one of the Filipino Psychologists is because as a clinician, we can diagnose psychological disorders by administration of standardized psychometric tests and projective tests, conduct interview and do observation to get a holistic view of an individual.

The following are valuable lessons I learned in Projective Techniques from our professor, Sr. Angelina Julom, PhD at UST Graduate School, aside from the technical aspects of the research-oriented course.

  1. Interpretation of Projective Techniques depends on the expertise of the Clinician.

Clinical psychology focuses on assessing and treating mental illness, abnormal behavior, and psychiatric problems, thus, psychologists are also clinicians. As clinicians, we utilize projective techniques for identification of client’s problems and unresolved conflicts. Projective Techniques are psychological tests in which clients are presented with ambiguous or unstructured stimuli such as incomplete sentences, pictures, or activities and the client’s responses are analyzed to determine underlying problems, feelings, attitudes, or personality trait.


  1. As clinician, we need to present stimuli that can extract the unconscious of the client.
  1. The aim of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in using Projective Technique as survey tool is to improve reliability, validity, analysis, and interpretation.

Computer programs are being utilized for surveys to help clinicians. There are advantages and disadvantages, and as time goes by, the clinical psychology field will be innovative and highly-skilled clinicians will be in-demand.

  1. As psychologists, before we administer any Projective Technique, we should be familiarized with the theory behind it.
  2. Projective Techniques must be accompanied by interview and observation.
  3. As psychologists, we should let people use our constructed psychological test for different population so they can check the reliability and validity of our tests.
  4. Each person has his/her hierarchy of needs.
  5. Get the holistic perspective of each client and prepare a case management plan that is suited to his/her individual needs.
  6. Humor is a healthy way of coping.
  7. Music and imagery technique is effective in relaxation and pain-reduction during child delivery.
  8. When you are angry, your anger should last only for 12 minutes, beyond that, it is you who is punishing yourself by repeating other people’s negative actions towards you.
  9. “Using pop psychology to guide the person is not effective.” – Tofee
  10. Imagination is a healing agent and proper use of imagination is good for the well-being of an individual.
  11. There are expressive techniques for the mind and body such as dancing and yoga.

 CUFI Dancers

Benefits of DANCING:

  • Boost memory
  • Improve flexibility
  • Reduce stress
  • Diminish depression
  • Help your heart
  • Lose weight
  • Balance better
  • Increase energy
  • Express yourself
  1. During self-expression, it is true that uniqueness is the essence of personality.
  2. In the administration of Projective Techniques, the clinicians should acknowledge the cultural differences of their clients.
  3. Every psychologist should write his/her own theory.
    Hand Test Administration at UST Graduate School
    Hand Test Administration at UST Graduate School      January 29, 2015

    And for my friends, who are planning to take up Masters in Clinical Psychology, I highly recommend UST Graduate School and I will advise them to enroll in Projective Technique class. The course is data-driven, and research oriented, and I will motivate them to do create their own theory.

 © Jennifer Francia P. Villanueva, RPm



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